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Oral history interview with Albert Pukacz

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.723 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0723

Albert Pukalz, born April 14,1927 in Metz, France, describes his childhood in Metz, Toulouse, and the Belleville quarter of Paris; his sisters, Blanche and Aline; his education at a Catholic school in Paris; his experiences with antisemitism; the arrest of one of his sisters in 1941 and her six month prison term at La Roquette for distributing anti-German materials; his memory of roundups of Jewish citizens in Paris; leaving Paris for the countryside and joining the French resistance; the shooting of the Curé of Châteaufort, 31 km from Paris, for baptizing Jews fleeing the occupation; his membership in the FTP [Francs-tireurs partisans, the military wing of the French Communist Party]; his experiences in the resistance; the people he fought beside; the actions in which he took part; his nom de guerre, Jacques Gaspard; his training provided by the Villeneuve-sur-Lot residents who also provided forged documents; his wife’s membership in the battalion, Soleil; his father’s membership in the battalion, Prosper; the 6,000 member battalion, MOE; his incorporation into the French First Army in 1944; his marriage to his wife after liberation; and his post-war residence in Israel and service in the Israeli Army.

Albert Pukacz
Gail Adam
Judith Antelman
interview:  1995 June 05
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 09:36:25
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