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Oral history interview with Alexander Shilo

Oral History | RG Number: RG-50.999.0428

Alex Shilo, born December 15, 1933 in Strasbourg, France, discusses his Jewish parents who had emigrated from Galicia, Poland; his father Feibisch, who was a traveling salesman who sold leather goods; his mother Henia Tauba, who was a Hebrew teacher and worked as a seamstress for Feibisch’s business; his older sister Madeleine; his family’s move to Paris in 1938; the German invasion of France in May 1940; fleeing with his family to Issoudun; his family’s move a few months later to Villefranche-de-Rouergue to stay with relatives; his mother becoming ill and her death in May 1941 from cancer; his Aunt Cylli living with the family in order to look after Alex and his sister; the several other Jewish families living in the small village; the good relations between the Jewish and the non-Jewish residents; how on several occasions, local French police officials warned the Jews of impending roundups and advised them to go into hiding; hiding for several nights in the home of his science teacher during one of these roundups; the increased frequency of the roundups and deportations of Jews, forcing Alex and his family to leave home on several occasions and go into hiding until the immediate danger had past; his immediate family surviving the war while many of his other relatives were murdered by the Germans and their collaborators; returning to Paris after liberation; having to endure a legal battle to return to their apartment; attending a Jewish boarding high school, then the Institut National Agronomique, where he received a master of science degree in agriculture; immigrating to Israel in 1959; and moving to the United States in 1989. [Note: this summary may not reflect the entirety of the interview; it may also contain additional biographical information that is not discussed in the interview.]


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Interviewee
Mr. Alexander Shilo
Date
interview:  2013 May 29
Geography
creation: Washington (D.C.)
Language
English
Extent
3 digital files : MP4.
 
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:39:10
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