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Oral history interview with Simone Monnier

Oral History | Accession Number: 1989.67.61 | RG Number: RG-50.012.0061

Simone Monnier, born in 1913 in Switzerland while her family was vacationing, describes her life in France, where she taught at a school (École de Beauvallon) for maladjusted children in central France; being a protestant; attending Jean-Jacques Rousseau Institute in Geneva, Switzerland; visiting schools in Europe for work and reading in English newspapers about the Nazi’s persecution of Jews in Germany; visiting the foreign Jewish children in Marseille and taking several children back with her; the evacuation of the school as the Germans approached and dispersing the children; the emotional aspects of her efforts and living through the war; taking in Jewish children and disguising them as Gentile students after France fell to the Germans in 1940; hiding the Jewish children in caves in the mountains at night; the roundup of Jews in the town; the town coming together to create fake papers for the children; being honored at Yad Vashem by these students years later; her life after the war and leaving the school in 1971; and still claiming that she is not a courageous person but one who only did what she had to do.

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Simone Monnier
Gay Block
Malka Drucker
interview:  1988 July 10
Oral histories.
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
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