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Oral history interview with André Lelong and Ginette Lelong

Oral History | Accession Number: 2014.542.27 | RG Number: RG-50.812.0027

André Lelong, born February 14, 1929, and Ginette Lelong, born September 12, 1933, (married 55 years with a daughter and one grandson), discuss the children of Chabannes; the village of Chabannes; the links between Chabannes and Saint Pierre de Fursac; André’s memory of the five students with him at school in Fursac, and his delight at the possibility of meeting them again; their lack of knowledge during the war about concentration camps and gas chambers; André’s knowledge that the children’s parents were “detained” in Germany (but his father had been a prisoner in Germany, so he did not attach importance to the situation); his joy upon reconnecting with three of the Jewish children as adults; returning to Chabannes for a reunion; his grandmother, who married a mason from Limousin, and left for Paris with her husband and opened a restaurant in the 12th arrondissement, where politics ruled the discussions; his grandmother’s return to Fursac after his grandfather’s death; how his childhood was full of political discussions, largely anchored in communism; the honest, hardworking people from Limousin and their willingness to accept the Jewish refugee children (they had a familiarity with taking in refugees fleeing oppression in previous generations and, therefore, desired to help the children); and their commitment both to each other and to fighting racism and preventing the Holocaust from happening again.

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André Lelong
Ginette Lelong
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 09:53:59
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