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Oral history interview with Odette Meyers

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

Interviewee
Odette Meyers
Date
1989 February 27  (interview)
1991 July 10  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
1 videocassette (SVHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, acquired from Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 11:17:57
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