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Oral history interview with Gilbert Sin-Blima

Oral History | Accession Number: 2015.429.1 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0851

Gilbert Sin-Blima, born on April 30, 1934 in Paris, France, describes being the son of Huna (Henri) Sin-Blima and Olga Silberman (both from Bessarabia); how his family did not practice Judaism; his father’s tailoring business; his father’s plan to take the family to the countryside after the war began; going with his younger sister and grandmother to Lacapelle-Biron, where a distant cousin had a farm; starting school for the first time on October 1, 1940; getting along well with the other children; attending mass on Sundays, but never feeling pressured to convert; hiding with the help of villagers; contracting Maltese fever (brucellosis); going to live on the Magimel farm; the arrival of the SS Division “Das Reich” on May 21, 1944 and the arrest and deportation of local residents; how after the liberation of Paris in August 1944, the Sin-Blima family moved back to the city; attending school in Paris; learning his father’s trade; accomplishing his military service during the war for Algerian independence; keeping in close contact with the Magimel family; his dedicated journey to have Yad Vashem honor the people from Lacappelle-Biron who had saved his family; and writing poems and lyrics to songs since his wife died.

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Gilbert Sin-Blima
Peggy Frankston
interview:  2015 November 06
2 digital files : WAV.
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:37:51
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