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Oral history interview with Doucy, J. Rey, Troelet, Bloch, Gottschalk, and Doney

Oral History | Accession Number: 2017.98.3 | RG Number: RG-50.967.0003

Several speakers including Doucy, J. Rey, Troelet, Bloch, and Doney address members and guests at a presentation at the Institut des Etudes du Judaïsme, Université Libre de Bruxelles, honoring Max Gottschalk, who was born in 1889 in Liège, Belgium (TN: died 1976) and was a world renowned scholar, university professor, humanist, active labor leader, and international Jewish activist; guests cite Gottschalk's many contributions to the international labor movement, particularly as it concerned securing safety and livelihood of Jewish refugees displaced by the Holocaust; at the presentation speakers cite Gottschalk long biography, leadership roles in Belgian Jewish organizations, force behind the Institut des Etudes du Judaïsme, in particular; Gottschalk’s involvement in support for Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany and Austria beginning in the 1930s and creation of the Comité d’Assistance aux Réfugiés juifs, created in 1933 and led by Gottschalk, which inter-alia actively intervened on behalf of Belgian Jews after Nazi invasion; Gottschalk’s son addresses guests, recalling involvement of his father in the plight of workers and the international labor movement, focusing not on remuneration issues but stability of their jobs and spread of unemployment and his following in the footsteps of his father; and he emphasizes the commitment to saving Belgium’s Jewish population including influx of refugees.

Max Gottschalk
J. Rey
1 sound tape reel.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Institut des Études du Judaïsme, Université Libre de Bruxelles
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:38:19
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