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Oral history interview with Yvonne Labrousse

Oral History | Accession Number: 2014.542.35 | RG Number: RG-50.812.0035

Yvonne Labrousse, born in 1914 in a small village near Chabannes, describes her early life; getting married to a teacher at the Chateau de Chabannes; life in Chabannes, including the political leanings of the region; the efforts made by the community to hide, educate, and feed the Jewish children; giving her house to Félix Chevrier and his wife, while she went with her mother to live in the primary school in Chabannes with the Paillassou sisters; the Vichy police searching for Roger Cerclier, who was the head of the Creusois Resistance maquis in Chabannes; the villagers’ efforts to safely hide Cerclier; the living conditions and scarcity of food; making and repairing clothing; the generosity of farmers who ensured the Jewish children were fed; the OSE staff, including M. Jablonski, who also lived on her farm, and Dr. Meseles and his wife Ida; how there were no Jews in the area and villagers aimed to help the children because they were threatened; the lack of difficultly integrating the Jewish children amongst the village’s own children; and her son, who was born in 1939 and attended nursery school for several months with the children of Chabannes.

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Yvonne Labrousse
Lisa Gossels
Dean Wetherell
Documentary films.
2 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 09:53:58
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