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Oral history interview with Simon Rajman

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1281.25 | RG Number: RG-50.146.0025

Simcha (Simon) Rajman, born March 11, 1927 in Warsaw, Poland, describes his family’s emigration from Poland to France because of antisemitism; their early years at 58 rue Crozatier, Paris, France home to many Jewish families; completion of his studies at Lycee Baudelaire; learning about the Warsaw Ghetto; his father's August 20, 1941 arrest and transfer to Drancy; his father’s death in Auschwitz in July 1942; becoming more involved in the resistance as a member of the Francs-tireurs partisans (FTP); his activities with FTP, including vandalism, gun-running, and procuring small arms; his brother Marcel's involvement as a FTP trainer and key resistance member; the square named for Marcel in Paris; Marcel’s role in the assassination of General Ritter in 1943; being betrayed by an acquaintance in March 1943 which led to the arrest of 43 FTP members; being arrested along with his mother on November 17, 1943; his transfer to Puteaux, Fresnes, Drancy, and Auschwitz; the arrest of a resister, who had information on resistance activities in code; how the resister was tortured by the Nazis, released after his confession, and then murdered by members of the resistance; life in Fresnes with other resisters; how his cell door was marked "dangerous terrorist"; his January 1944 transfer by the SS to Buchenwald; life in Buchenwald, including how fellow resisters helped one another survive and work making weapons; the August 24, 1944 Allied bombing; his liberation from Buchenwald in April 1945; returning to France in May 1945; and his postwar life in Montpellier.

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Rajman, Simon
Abramowicz, Emmanuel
interview:  1996 February 17
2 videocassettes (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
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