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Oral testimony of Janine Gerson-Père

Oral History | Accession Number: 2015.476.7 | RG Number: RG-50.904.0007

Janine Gerson-Père discusses her parents, Jo and Bella Gerson, who left Salonika, Greece in 1930 and settled in Paris, France in the district of la Roquette (in the 11th Arrondissement); the Greek and Turkish Jewish community in their neighborhood; the deportation of her father during WWII; the hardships her mother endured during the Holocaust, which left silent about that period; questioning her mother about her experiences during the war and how this helped her mother find peace; visiting the places where she was hiding with her brother during the occupation; learning about the experiences of her cousins; beginning to tell the story of her family by attending writing workshops; regaining her cultural identity; and being driven to revive the Salonicienne community, which was almost completely destroyed.

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Alternate Title
"Memory Journey from Salonica to Paris"
Janine Gerson-Pere
Isabelle Pleskoff
interview:  2014 June 01
1 digital file : MPEG-4.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Musée d'art et d'histoire du judaïsme
Record last modified: 2021-03-09 14:37:10
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