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Oral history interview with Simone Wodka

Oral History | Accession Number: 2015.426.1 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0855

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Simone Wodka (née Yacoubovitch), born on October 24, 1924 at the Hôpital Rothschild (in the 12th Arrondissement of Paris, France), describes her Romanian mother, Fanny Guster, and her Belorussian father, Fernand Yacoubovitch; her three brothers; not knowing she was Jewish until the age of six; their neighborhood in the 20th Arrondissement, which was made up of Jews and antisemites; her happy childhood memories of spending summers at the seaside resort Berck-sur-Mer, France, where her father ran a little souvenir and sundry shop; her father’s death in 1936; going to visit her great-aunt in Beauchamp during vacations; enrolling in a secretarial school in 1936; how by 1939 she had a job at a company that manufactured treats called “mendicants”; seeing the Germans enter her neighborhood in 1940; how her mother, grandmother, and two little brothers were taken away to the local police station before being transferred to the bicycle stadium in the 15th Arrondissement; her grandmother’s release; the transfer of her mother and two younger brothers to the camp at Pithiviers; her brother, David, being sent to a summer camp in Forges-les-Eaux at the beginning of July 1942; her friend Pierre Wodka and his experiences; supporting the family (David and her grandmother) by dealing in the black market; traveling back and forth between the occupied and unoccupied zones to visit Pierre; numerous stories about the people she knew who were deported and returned; getting married to Pierre in March 1946; her children; incidents that occurred during and after the Liberation of Paris, including collaborators who behaved as if they had been resistance fighters; and the difficult economic conditions after the war.

Interviewee
Ms. Simone Wodka
Interviewer
Peggy Frankston
Date
2015 November 17-2015 November 26  (interview)
Language
French
Extent
5 digital files : WAV.
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 11:26:00
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