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Oral history interviews with Irène Paillassou, Renée Paillassou, and C. Peter R. Gossels

Oral History | Accession Number: 2014.542.14 | RG Number: RG-50.812.0014

C. Peter R. Gossels (known as Peter Gossels), born on August 11, 1930 in Berlin, Germany, reminisces with the sisters Paillassou about Chabannes, France; the reunion; their memories of wartime and of each other and the joy of seeing one another again; Gossels’ early life in Berlin; his father, who was a judge and was told to leave in March 1939; going to Belgium without Gossels and his brother, Werner; his mother, Lotte, who was divorced from their father; seeking an escape route by train; arriving in France on July 4, 1939 along with 38 other children; stopping initially at Château Quincy-sous-Sénart for 9-10 months; beginning again in Chabannes, for seven months; learning to garden for their food supply; the kind, loving, and receptive environment of the Creusois and Chabannais; the courage and heroism of the sisters Paillassou and others who risked their lives, families, and town to save the children; the importance of his daughter Lisa Gossels’ work in remembering the Children of Chabannes; the murder of his mother in Auschwitz; the importance of remembering the experiences of those who were with him in Chabannes; his memories of the sisters Paillassou; visiting Chabannes in 1963 with his wife and reuniting with sisters Paillassou; how this was the first of many visits; maintaining a relationship with the Paillassou sisters over the years; his reminisces with his daughter about his mother and her deportation; his schoolwork in Chabannes; his post-war memories; and his pride in his daughter’s film work.

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Irène Paillassou
Renée Paillassou
C. Peter R. Gossels
Lisa Gossels
Dean Wetherell
Documentary films.
1 videocasette (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 09:54:01
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