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Oral history interview with Sarah Colin

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1281.5 | RG Number: RG-50.146.0005

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Sarah Colin recalls having to register as a German-born citizen; being interned in Gurs; the kindness of the Gurs guards, who upon learning of her father’s military service provided her and a friend a pass to leave Gurs; returning with her mother to Paris, France; escaping to the Zone Libre, stopping in Perigueux, where she found her father who had been released from army; the betrayal by a young seamstress in Perigueux, where she worked; securing forged documents for herself and her brother to go to Switzerland; her dismay upon learning that the escape network to Switzerland had been closed down; escaping to Moissac and then Auvillar in the Tarn and Garonne, where Dr. Sigismond Hirsch (the Sixième leader) placed her in a convent when she was 19 years old; her brother living with a rural family; the difficulties in the convent and Hirsch later placed her in the Chateau de St. Michel in 1942, where Jewish children were hidden; the Gestapo bursting into the chateau on October 18, 1943, arresting her, Hirsch, his wife, and Edouard Rakovsky; being imprisoned in Toulouse and interrogated; being transferred to Drancy on January 6, 1944 and deported to Auschwitz on January 20, 1944; conditions in the camp; the impacts of Allied bombardments in April 1945; the death march and arriving in Ravensbrück; being transferred to Grimma, Germany; the arrival of Russian soldiers and then American soldiers who provided medical care; being transferred to Paris by train; arriving at Lutetia; being hospitalized; locating her brother; returning to Moissac to regain her health; her life after the war; taking her children to see Auschwitz; and attending synagogue Place des Vosges.

Interviewee
Sarah Colin
Date
1993  (interview)
Language
French
Extent
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
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