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Oral history testimony of Cécile Reims

Oral History | Accession Number: 2015.476.8 | RG Number: RG-50.904.0008

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Cécile Reims, born in 1927 in Paris, France, describes her early childhood in Lithuania; growing up in a traditional Jewish family; joining her father in France in 1933; the outbreak of the war; finding refuge in Castres; drawing often during the war; discovering after the war that her entire Lithuanian family had perished; her consequential meeting with the writer Joseph Hecht and learning the technique of engraving; how her artistic endeavors did not seem sufficient given the devastation of the Holocaust and joining an underground Jewish group (Organisation juive de combat) that sought refuge in Palestine; returning to France after contracting tuberculosis; resuming her printmaking in Paris; meeting Fred Deux in 1951; turning to weaving and writing in the 1960s; and returning eventually to engraving.

Alternate Title
"Etching as a Path"
Interviewee
Cecile Reims
Interviewer
Isabelle Pleskoff
Date
2014 September 14  (interview)
Language
French
Extent
1 digital file : MPEG-4.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Isabelle Pleskoff on behalf of the Musée d'art et d'histoire du judaïsme
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