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Oral history interview with Serge Klarsfeld and Beate Klarsfeld

Oral History | Accession Number: 2014.542.23 | RG Number: RG-50.812.0023

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.

Serge Klarsfeld, a lawyer and historian who was born in Bucharest, Romania in 1935, describes himself as a French Jew; his father, who volunteered in the French army, fought the Germans, and escaped from a Stalag (prisoner-of-war camp); his father’s return to France after his escape, at which time he fled with his family (including Serge as well as Serge’s mother and sister) from Masgelier to Nice; and his father being subsequently arrested, deported, and murdered. Berte Klarsfeld describes herself as a German-born, non-Jew who met her husband in the metro; her commitment along with her husband to document, educate, and disseminate history of the Holocaust and those lost and those who survived; their struggle to bring the Holocaust to the public view; the need to educate children; and the effort to exhort the French government to assume responsibility for its role in Vichy France and the key role of President Jacques Chirac in this regard. Serge discusses the Chabannes reunion years after the war, stressing that he and Beate had kept in touch with Chabannes children over the years; and their commitment to continue their work as long as possible.

Interviewee
Serge Klarsfeld
Beate Klarsfeld
Interviewer
Lisa Gossels
Dean Wetherell
Date
1996-1998
Language
English
Genre/Form
Documentary films.
Extent
4 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Lisa Gossels and Dean Wetherell
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