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Oral history interview with Raymond Federman

Oral History | Accession Number: 1990.338.18 | RG Number: RG-50.037.0018

Raymond Federman, born in 1928, describes his middle-class Jewish family; his two sisters, the eldest named Sara and the youngest named Jacqueline; his Polish father, who moved to Paris, France in 1918 to have more opportunity as a painter; his mother’s Palestinian family and how she lived in an orphanage in the 1910s for nine years; his parents’ arranged marriage; his father suffering from tuberculosis; the German occupation and having to register; the restrictions on Jews and having to wear Jewish stars; hiding when the Gestapo came to his house; the deportation of his parents and sisters to Auschwitz; going to a Jewish neighborhood, where his aunt lived; being taken on a train but jumping off during the journey; returning to Paris; going to Bonn, Germany with two Belgians; living on a farm for two years; immigrating to the United States and settling in Detroit, MI; working at Chrysler and attending Nordon High School; moving to New York, NY in 1951 and being drafted into the army; being sent to Korea and Japan; attending college at Columbia and getting his PhD from UCLA; becoming a French professor in 1963; and writing several books.

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Federman, Raymond
Back, Mrs. Toby
interview:  1990 July
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 20:09:38
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