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Oral history interview with Renée Sachs

Oral History | Accession Number: 2015.489.3 | RG Number: RG-50.905.0001

Renée Lisse Sachs (née Lyszka), born in Paris, France in 1940, discusses her experiences as a young child in hiding during World War II; her early memories of air raids in a neighborhood of mostly Polish Jewish immigrants; her father who was able to pass as a non-Jew; her mother who was denounced to the Gestapo by a neighbor; her sense of guilt for events that led to her mother's deportation to the Drancy internment camp; her mother's release the camp after her father bargained with the French guards for whom he made uniforms; being sent by train alone at age four to the south of France to live with her aunt; her mother's absence of emotion on the train platform; living as Catholic while in hiding; attending church and learning Catholic rituals; her sense of peace and happiness in the French countryside; her return to her parents after the war; her mother's death from a stroke; being sent to a children's home at age 11; immigrating to the United States at age 15 to live with her uncle; and adjusting to life in the US.

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.
Renee Lisse Sachs
Hillary Brady
Elizabeth Tsygane
Elizabeth Chelli
interview:  2007-2008
3 digital files : MOV.
1 digital file : MPEG-4.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the loving family of Renee Lisse Sachs (Toujours Dans Nos Coeurs)
Record last modified: 2020-08-03 11:26:30
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