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Oral history interview with Marthe Hoffnung Cohn

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

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    Oral history interview with Marthe Hoffnung Cohn


    Interview Summary
    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.
    Marthe Cohn
    Randy M. Goldman
    interview:  1996 July 29

    Physical Details

    Oral histories.
    10 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    There are no known restrictions on access to this material.
    Conditions on Use
    Restrictions on use. Interviewee and her family members retain the right to excerpt portions of the interview in any book or other literary work that they may write.

    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Cohn, Marthe, 1920-

    Administrative Notes

    Randy M. Goldman, on behalf of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History Branch, conducted the oral history interview with Marthe Hoffnung Cohn on July 29, 1996. This interview is one of 51 oral histories included in the Miles Lerman Center for the Study of Jewish Resistance.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this oral history interview has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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