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Oral history interview with Frida Wattenberg

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1281.4 | RG Number: RG-50.146.0004

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

Frida Wattenberg, born in 1924 discusses her life in prewar France; her family's adherence to religious practice at home; her education at the Lycee de Poitiers from 1939 to 1940; her membership in the Jewish resistance in Paris; her return to school in Poitiers from 1940 to 1942; her work at OEuvre de secours aux enfants at Place des Vosges; her mother’s arrest on July 15, 1942; her work for M. Miret at the Director Place St. Gervais Lycee; helping to smuggle children to Switzerland; her return to Grenoble, France to help Jewish families escape; losing her forged identity papers in Avignon, France; her membership in the Mouvement de la Jeunesse Sioniste (MJS); her assistance in smuggling Hertzel Bialek, a young violinist to Spain in June 1944; the work conditions for the resistance; having easy access to food and lodging and her feelings of guilt about giving testimony; the liberation of Toulouse; her assignment to the Bureau of Jewish Affairs in Clermont-Ferrand; her post-war work in Paris helping resettle Jews; her emigration from France to Israel in 1945; and her marriage in Cairo, Egypt to a Romanian born Jew.

Interviewee
Frida Wattenberg
Language
French
Extent
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
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