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Oral history interview with Ernst Rosner

Oral History | Accession Number: 2014.542.31 | RG Number: RG-50.812.0031

Ernst Rosner, born July 5, 1926 in Graz, Austria, discusses his early life; arriving in France in 1939 via Switzerland; his father, Norbert, who was incarcerated in Dachau after Kristallnacht, and released in March 1939; the family settling in Abbeville in the Somme region because of their desire to ultimately immigrate to England; the second arrest of his father by the Nazis in May 1939; the bombing by the Germans of Abbeville; escaping on foot with his mother to Rouen, then Paris, and then Vinezac in Ardèche; his mother settling in Vinezac and sending him to Chabannes in September 1940 to learn the leather trade; the origins of the Chabannais children, including the first group whose parents were in Paris and sent their children to safety in Chabannes at the end of 1940, the second group which began arriving from Germany and Poland, and the third group which was comprised of children liberated from the detention camps of Gurs and Rivesaltes; his memories of Félix Chevrier (a firm director) and Ernest Jablonsky (a teacher extraordinaire of many subjects); the importance of cultural life, including the creation of a small musical group; the lack of any real contact with Chabannais villagers, except when helping with the harvest and planting; general life after his escape from the August 1942 roundup; the deportation of his parents to Auschwitz prior to that date; working on an OSE road construction project after the roundup; and eventually joining the Resistance in Vercors in June 1944. At the end of the interview he looks at a scrapbook of photos and written entries about life in Chabannes and reiterates the importance of the education he received as a fundamental anchor for the rest of his life.

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Ernst Rosner
Lisa Gossels
Dean Wetherell
Documentary films.
7 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 09:38:06
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