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Oral history interview with Odette Meyers

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.476 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0476

The interview describes Ms. Meyer's childhood in Paris, France; her parents' resistance activities; her experiences with antisemitism; and the cruelty of the other children in her school. She describes a raid in July 1942 during which her family was hidden by non-Jews and her subsequent life in hiding in a village in the Vendee with other Jewish children. She describes at length her life with her rescuer, including her conversion to Catholicism and her interior struggles with religious identity. Ms. Meyers discusses the actions of the Vichy government as well as the larger political context of wartime events. She describes her return to Paris with her mother in October 1944 and V-E Day in 1945, as well as postwar conditions in Paris. She describes a summer camp she attended after the war for the children of prisoners of war (POWs) that mimicked concentration camp conditions. She describes her immigration to the United States in 1949, her life in America, and how the Holocaust affected her in later life.

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Interviewee
Odette Meyers
Interviewer
Beth Jacob
Date
interview:  1989 February 27
interview:  1991 July 10
Language
English
Extent
1 videocassette (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
 
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