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Oral history interview with Marcel Lissek

Oral History | Accession Number: 1990.338.43 | RG Number: RG-50.037.0043

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Marcel Lissek, born in Paris, France in 1937, describes his father, who left Cologne, Germany around 1933 because of rising antisemitism; his mother, who moved from Poland to France; his father being sent to a detention camp then Auschwitz, where he died in 1942; his mother working as a tailor in Paris; not being able to remember much about the time before the war; his mother becoming sick with heart problems and high blood pressure around the beginning of the war; being taken with his older brother, Leon, to a safe district in Paris that was run by an organization for the safety of children; he and the other children being taken from one place to another; staying with Leon throughout the war and reuniting with his younger brother, Jacques, in 1947; life in hiding and only seeing his mother a few times during the war; having to wear a yellow star; narrowly escaping the Germans on several occasions; staying in the castle of Fontainebleau outside Paris from 1944 to 1947; seeing American and Canadian troops coming through after the war; his memories of staying in caves during the war; the deportation of Jews from France, and his mother being released by the German officers when she could prove that she had a baby at home; his mother hiding in a shack behind her home from the Germans; his mother marrying a former prisoner of war, who had relatives in Buffalo, NY; waiting five years for visas to the United States; arriving in New York in 1950 and seeing the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island; arriving in Buffalo shortly before his bar mitzvah; his continued attempts to have French authorities find friends and relatives; his friends and relatives being unaware of his Holocaust experiences; and his belief that one should not be too materialistic and that the most important things are life, love, and family.

Interviewee
Marcel Lissek
Language
English
Extent
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
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