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Oral history interview with Francine Taylor

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1263.35 | RG Number: RG-50.166.0035

Francine Taylor, born July 14, 1928 in Karczew, Poland, discusses her family moving to Paris, France when she was two years old; experiencing antisemitism; life in Paris in the 1930s; speaking Yiddish at home; attending public school; her family giving up their strict religious practices but observing the High Holidays; the beginning of the war and receiving correspondence from friends in Poland about the terrible conditions; the German occupation of France; her father’s participation in the French underground; having to wear the yellow star; the house searches, lack of food, black market, and ration cards; going to the French countryside in the summer of 1942 to recover from illness; her father’s deportation, while her mother and sister went into hiding; her journey to Toulouse, France to find her mother; finding her mother in Graulhet, France; obtaining false identification papers from a non-Jewish underground worker; her sister’s return to Paris, where she lived as a Christian with a false ID; going to Marseille, France in 1943 to live with her uncle and attend school; her life in hiding for a year; being recognized by a German collaborator who recognized them from Paris; hiding for five days in wine barrels; being liberated by American soldiers; returning to Paris; living in a hotel for a year; applying for war reparations through the French government; and the importance of recognizing the French people who helped Jews.

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Francine Taylor
Jania Sommers
interview:  1991 September 12
2 videotape reels (1" Type C) : sound, color ; 1 in..