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Oral history interview with Albert Osina

Oral History | Accession Number: 2014.542.39 | RG Number: RG-50.812.0039

Albert Osina, born in Paris, France in 1929, describes his Polish immigrant parents, who arrived in France in 1923; his and his parents’ French citizenship and being largely safe from deportation until the end of 1943 when the decision came to deport French-born Jews; his time spent in the Masgelier OSE children’s home with his sister for a year and a half; his transfer in July 1941 to Chabannes, where he would ultimately spend five years; the deportation of his brother from the Creuse region and Fèlix Chevrier’s subsequent decision that Osina should not return to school in Chabannes; being sent to work in a leather goods atelier; the contrasting conditions in the Masgelier and Chabannes schools; the more stringent rules in Masgelier and the absence of contact with the local population, which was the opposite experience in Chabannes; categories of Jewish children, including French citizens from Paris, German refugee children who arrived before the war without their parents, and German refugee children who came with their parents; the strains between French-born Jewish children and German Jewish refugee children in Masgelier, where the sentiment was initially pro-German notwithstanding the political situation; his memories of Félix Chevrier; and daily life in Chabannes (Osina shares photos during the interview).

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.
Albert Osina
Lisa Gossels
Dean Wetherell
Documentary films.
4 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Lisa Gossels and Dean Wetherell
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:38:05
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