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Oral history interview with Rachel Pludermacher

Oral History | Accession Number: 2014.542.32 | RG Number: RG-50.812.0032

Rachel Pludermacher, born November 5, 1908 in Vilna (Vilnius), Lithuania, describes life in Chabannes at the Château; working with Georges Loinger, who organized the physical education activities for the children; her view of Monsieur Chevrier, in particular his happy personality and devotion to his students; the creation of OSE (OEuvre de secours aux enfants) in Russia and its relocation to Germany and then to France, where she became the first OSE employee in Paris in 1934; the OSE’s network of children’s homes organized to house Jewish children; the German occupation of France in 1940, and how the OSE house was shelled in Montmorency, near Paris; going to Chabannes with the children; the group of 16 children for whom she was responsible; their attempts to provide a normal life for the children; living from day to day; rationing of food; and life in a small town with mostly wonderful supportive neighbors.

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Rachel Pludermacher
Lisa Gossels
Dean Wetherell
Documentary films.
5 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
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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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