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Oral history interview with Raoul Vaugelade

Oral History | Accession Number: 2014.542.3 | RG Number: RG-50.812.0003

Raoul Vaugelade, representing the French municipality Saint-Pierre-de-Fursac, discusses his research on the rescue efforts in Chabannes as well as the Jewish refugee children, teachers, and village residents involved (the preparation is for an exhibit); and the interviews conducted by the “Children of Chabannes” filmmakers. He describes Chabannes village before 1940, which had a few business establishments, including a café-bar and a boulangerie as well as one public school with three classes and three teachers (including the sisters Irène and Renée Paillassou, RG-50.812*0001); the reports that state how after the first arrival of Jewish children in 1940, three additional classes were opened in the Château; how Jewish children fully integrated into the village life and arrived from Russia, Germany, Hungary, and Austria. He shows a school matriculation book for boys, noting that the one for girls had disappeared; and he shows the entries, which include the child’s name, country of origin, date of birth, father’s profession if still alive, date of entry into school, etc. He describes the various roles for the rescue operation within the community, including the duties of Félix Chevrier, the Château director Georges Roby, a local farmer/butcher who helped with food supplies to the Château, the key roles of sisters Paillassou and their retired policeman father (he secured vital intelligence about potential arrests/roundups between 1940-1943); the daily interactions between the villagers, the Château staff, and the refugee children; how there was no sense of danger associated with hiding the children until after the August 1942 roundups; and the continued cooperation by village population after the danger was more acutely felt.

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Raoul Vaugelade
Lisa Gossels
Dean Wetherell
Documentary films.
3 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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