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Oral history interview with Jean Boete

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1989.67.7 | RG Number: RG-50.012.0007

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    Oral history interview with Jean Boete


    Interview Summary
    Jean Boete, born in 1921, describes his early life and his Catholic family moving to Paris when he was young; his life as a student in Paris, France through 1940; fleeing to the countryside to avoid being deported to Germany; joining the French resistance forces under the influence of Alain Mosse, who served as the chief of the cabinet of the Prefect of France; planning to fight as a soldier in North Africa in 1942; taking a government post in Chambéry, France so that he could have access to papers and stamps to assist with the escape of the Jewish children; moving to Paris when the police found out what he was doing; fighting the Germans during the liberation; and serving in the French army in occupied Germany after the war.
    Jean Boete
    Gay Block
    Malka Drucker
    interview:  1988 July 07

    Physical Details

    Oral histories.
    1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..

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    France. Army

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    Gay Block
    Gay Block and Malka Drucker produced the interview with Jean Boete on July 7, 1988 for their book "Rescuers: Portraits of Moral Courage in the Holocaust," Holmes & Meier, 1992, as well as their documentary film "They Risked Their Lives: Rescuers of the Holocaust." The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History Branch received the tapes of the interviews from Malka Drucker and Gay Block in March 1989.
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