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Oral history interview with Maurice Blane

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.442 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0442

Maurice Blane was born in 1922 in the Alsace-Lorraine region of France to Polish-born immigrants who stayed in France after World War I. At 14 years old, Mr. Blane began an apprenticeship as a baker and pastry chef, and later worked as cook in Kijon. In 1942, Mr. Blane joined the French army, but was picked up by Gestapo and sent to Drancy concentration camp near Paris. In 1943 he was deported to Bruna Monowitz, a subcamp of Auschwitz, and later to the concentration camp Dora. Mr. Blane was on death march to Germany in February of 1945, where he was liberated by American troops. Mr. Blane returned to France, learned of his parents and siblings' deaths, and immigrated to the United States in 1947. He continued to work as a baker and pastry chef, and owned shops in New Jersey and San Francisco.

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Maurice Blane
Sylvia Prozan
interview:  1993 April 01
interview:  1993 April 04
Oral histories.
2 videocassettes (SVHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:35:23
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