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Oral history interview with August Bohny-Reiter

Oral History | RG Number: RG-50.030.0031

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August Bohny-Reiter, born in 1919, discusses his training as a teacher which he completed in 1941 in Switzerland; his relocation to Pregny, France, where he worked for two weeks as an assistant at a children's home; his work in Lake Dancy in Talloires, France where he took over a camp for French refugee children; his work in Le Chambon-sur-Lignon, France where he was a Swiss member of the Red Cross; establishing schools and children's homes; how, after deportations began in 1942, German and French police pursued those in his care; his work with Pastor André Trocmé, a protestant minister, to hide Jewish children and adults and political refugees; how the entire village worked together to help hide the Jews and refugees; his help in smuggling some people to Switzerland; meeting his future wife, Friedel Bohny-Reiter, at Le Chambon; leaving Le Chambon at the end of 1944; returning to Le Chambon in 1990 when he and the entire community were honored by Yad Vashem.

Interviewee
August Bohny-Reiter
Interviewer
Raye L. Farr
Date
1994 May 27  (interview)
Language
German
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
2 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection