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Oral history interview with Ruth Keller

Oral History | Accession Number: 2014.542.41 | RG Number: RG-50.812.0041

Ruth Keller, born in 1928 in Vienna, Austria, describes her arrival in Chabannes on January 2, 1941 at 12 years of age; staying in the Château for a two years, with two summers spent with her mother in Montpellier; her father’s arrest during Kristallnacht; her family’s departure for Belgium in 1938 and later to France, where her father was interned first in Gurs and later in Les Miles (near Avignon); falling very sick with diphtheria after a diphtheria shot and hospitalization; the OSE visiting in the hospital and suggesting to her mother that she be transferred to Chabannes in 1941; being separated from her mother and father for the first time; the deportations of both her parents; her devastation in the in early days at Chabannes; village life; her early years at school; conditions at the Château; working in the garden; the diversity of the children’s backgrounds; the fundamental role of Félix Chevrier at the Château; her evacuation to Switzerland by Georges Loinger in 1943; life with a Swiss family; and the importance of OSE in hiding and financing the safekeeping of Jewish children throughout France. (She reviews scrapbooks with memories of Chabannes and recalls cultural and sports activities.)

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.
Ruth Keller
Lisa Gossels
Dean Wetherell
Documentary films.
6 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Lisa Gossels and Dean Wetherell
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