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Oral history interview with Marthe Hoffnung Cohn

Oral History | Accession Number: 1996.A.0416 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0374

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.

Marthe Hoffnung Cohn, born on April 13, 1920 in Metz, France, describes her childhood; being forced by the French government to move out of Metz along with all of its other rich families; moving to Poitiers, France, where, in June 1940, Jewish refugees started coming; attending a Red Cross nursing school in Poitiers; escaping with her family to the unoccupied side of France in the summer of 1942; the arrest of her sister Stephanie, who later died in Auschwitz; becoming involved in resistance and rescue operations, which enabled her to get her parents, grandmother, two sisters, and a cousin to the unoccupied zone of France; finishing nursing school in Marseilles; leaving Marseilles for Paris, where she lived with one of her sisters and found a job with a family that did not know she was Jewish; joining the French Army after the liberation of Paris; doing intelligence work for the Army because she could speak German; going undercover as a German nurse and receiving two Croix de Guerre medals, signed by Generals De Lattre and De Gaulle, for her work; going to Vietnam with the French Army after the war; and immigrating to the United States in 1956.

Interviewee
Marthe Cohn
Interviewer
Randy M. Goldman
Date
1996 July 29  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
10 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
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