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Oral history interview with Rachelle Selzer

Oral History | Accession Number: 1993.A.0095.67 | RG Number: RG-50.163.0067

Rachelle Selzer, born on November 4, 1923 in Czernowitz, Rumania (now Chernivtsi, Ukraine), describes her family moving to Bucharest, Romania in 1933; witnessing Jews being beaten; attending a Catholic school since public schools were not safe for Jews; her family fleeing to Paris, France in 1938;; attending a lycee; vacationing in Brittany in 1939 and staying there because her father was in danger; returning to Paris in the summer of 1940; her father being denounced in 1942; her attempts to get her father released; her father’s deportation to Drancy then Auschwitz; her father’s false ID papers with the name “Denise Dufour”; staying in a hotel with her mother in Juvisy for two years; her job at a boarding school; going to farms to get food and hitchhiking with German soldiers; liberation and returning to Paris; how her father’s stock certificates worthless after Russians took over Romania; trying to emigrate; going to the United States in May 1950 and settling in California; getting married in 1955; living in New York, NY and Washington, DC; and her career as a psychotherapist.

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Rachelle Selzer
Gail Schwartz
interview:  1988 November 03
3 sound cassettes (60 min.).
Record last modified: 2023-11-16 08:19:57
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