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Oral history interview with Anna Parrot

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1281.13 | RG Number: RG-50.146.0013

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Anne Parrot, born in 1932, discusses life in Paris, France in 1939 with her mother, brother, sister, and her Polish-born father, who joined the Foreign Legion; their stay in Limoges, France at the start of the German occupation of Paris in 1940; the family's return to Paris; her father's arrest in 1941 in the 11th Arrondissement roundup; his internment in Drancy prior to deportation to Auschwitz; the family's arrest in the Vel d'hiv roundup on July 16, 1942 and internment in Vel d'hiv for three days; the political activity inside Vel d'hiv; her memories of horrible conditions, deprivation, and promiscuity; the family's release after three days because the Germans needed someone to operate her father's workshop; the children's departure for Valenciennes, France, where they were taken in by a Jewish uncle and his Catholic wife; life in Valenciennes; attending a Catholic school; hiding during a roundup of 10,000 Jews; her uncle's escape; the frequent air raids; listening to free France radio; learning about the war from news reports at the movie theater; leaving Valenciennes at liberation with her mother; the family's return to Paris; her mother's frequent visits to the Lutetia to look for her father who never returned; returning to school; marrying a non-Jew; and her decision to give an oral testimony.

Interviewee
Anna Parrot
Date
1993 November 03  (interview)
Language
French
Extent
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
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