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Oral history interview with Georges Amrouche

Oral History | Accession Number: 1990.489.13 | RG Number: RG-50.027.0013

Georges Amrouche, born December 21, 1925 in the 20th arrondissement in Paris, France, discusses his early life; his mother, Solonges Caron, and father, Mohammad Amrouche; how his education was interrupted in 1940 when they were forced to leave Paris with his parents and two brothers; their flight from Paris and being fired on by Germans; arriving in Loches, France in lodging provided by the Red Cross in the Château de Loches; Senegalese resistance fighters defending Loches against Germans two days after the Amrouche arrived there; being captured by the Germans and returned to Paris; the 1942 notice from Germans to report for labor in Paris; escaping to join the French Free Forces; crossing the demarcation line; paying a smuggler to get him into Spain; staying with a priest in small Spanish town and being betrayed by a parish maid; his arrest and torture by Spanish civil police; spending six months in a Spanish prison camp called Miranda De Ebro along with other nationalities fleeing their countries to join the Free French Forces; conditions in the prison camp; the negotiated release of 25 men from the concentration camp to the Gibraltar-Spanish border; being transferred to Gibraltar, where he received medical treatment and food; his three-week stay in Gibraltar; his two-week transport by Dutch cargo ship to Southampton, England; being recruited by a French officer of the French Free Forces; being transferred to London to sign up and receive training as a parachutist; expressing his desire to be a fighter pilot but being rejected because of his poor English; and being transferred to Halifax for training as a radar expert.

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Georges Amrouche
Robert Buckley
interview:  1990 September 06
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Robert Buckley
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:35:33
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