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Oral history interview with Arlette Dachary

Oral History | Accession Number: 2001.5.5 | RG Number: RG-50.498.0005

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Arlette Dachary, former secretary to the head of “Ponts et Chaussées” (public works) in Gurs concentration camp, discusses her family background and education; the sight of refugees in Bordeaux; her brother’s forced labor; the daily routine of Gurs; her administrative duties; the backgrounds and duties of her colleagues; artistic life in the camp; medical treatment, food, water, and living conditions in the camp; the different categories of inmates at Gurs; the organization of adoption of children by Swiss couples; the disposal of dead bodies; deportations of prisoners; the role of the Swiss Red Cross; the construction of a cemetery; identification of the dead and creating inscriptions for the graves; life in the camp after liberation; her interrogation; fates of different colleagues after liberation; and documents, art, and artifacts from her time working in Gurs.

Interviewee
Arlette Dachary
Date
2000 January 22  (interview)
Language
French
Extent
6 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
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Record last modified: 2018-04-24 13:57:04
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