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Oral history interview with Annette Leiris

Oral History | Accession Number: 2001.5.2 | RG Number: RG-50.498.0002

Annette Monod-Leiris, born in 1909, discusses her assignments as a social worker in various internment camps, such as Beaune, Drancy, Pithiviers and Voves; her life before the war, teaching in England and working in a workers' home in Evry, France; volunteering for internment camps in both Beaune and Pithiviers; switching from Beaune to the camp in Drancy in 1941; the conditions in Beaune la Rolande, France, including the barracks, over population, toilet facilities, and the food supply; other organizations and institutions represented in the camps; aspects of Pithiviers, including the medical staff, the medical treatment, the permissions for hospital visits, the daily routine of the inmates, and the facilities; aspects of Drancy, including the establishment of her office, her assistants, deportations, executions, layout of the buildings, and the facilities; being fired by the French police for “doing too much” for the inmates; being sent to a camp for communists in Voves, Eure-et-Loir, France; joining the Red Cross for the emergency team in Compiègne, France; how she helped Jews cook to keep Kosher and celebrate important holidays; the living conditions and situation of children at the camps; her participation in the liberation of the Drancy internment camp in 1944; rumors of how prisoners ate organs of the dead to survive; her contact and friendship with Jewish families after the war; and her commitment to Amnesty International.

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Annette Leiris
interview:  1999 September 14
5 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
Record last modified: 2021-02-16 15:52:48
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