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Oral history interview with Carmen Villalba

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 2001.5.6 | RG Number: RG-50.498.0006

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    Oral history interview with Carmen Villalba


    Interview Summary
    Carmen Villalba, born in Asturias, Spain, discusses her personal background and her father prewar profession; her immigration to France in 1939 as a consequence of her leftist political orientation; the reception of Spaniards in France; her internment in a camp on Belle-Île; her deportation by German occupiers to Gurs concentration camp; her life in Gurs, including the duties of the inmates, separation of different groups of inmates, and conditions of the camp; her contact with Jewish women in the camp; deportations; her stay in another internment camp around Blagnac; the liberation of Blagnac; meeting and marrying her husband; her return to Spain after the death of Franco; her continued friendship with Spanish women who were also in the camp; her health during her imprisonment; her postwar life; and documents and photographs from the period of her internment in Gurs.
    Carmen Villalba
    interview:  2000 January 22
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation

    Physical Details

    1 videocasette (Betacam SP).

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Villalba, Carmen.
    Corporate Name
    Gurs (Concentration camp)

    Administrative Notes

    This is a witness interview of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's Perpetrators, Collaborators, and Witnesses: The Jeff and Toby Herr Testimony Initiative, a multi-year project to record the testimonies of non-Jewish witnesses to the Holocaust. The interview was directed and supervised by Nathan Beyrak.
    Funding Note
    The production of this interview was made possible by Jeff and Toby Herr.
    The cataloging of this oral history interview has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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