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Oral history interview with Jacques Fein

Oral History | RG Number: RG-50.999.0583

Jacques Fein (né Karpik), born in October 1938 in Paris, France, discusses his parents Rojza Taszynowicz and Szmul Karpik, who were Polish Jews and had immigrated to Paris in the 1930s; his younger sister Annette (born in August 1940); his father’s work as a tailor; the German occupation of France in 1940; the Oeuvres de Secours aux Enfants (OSE) helping to protect and hide Jacques and Annette; being placed with his sister in the home of Marcel and Suzanne Bocahut, a Catholic family in the Paris suburb Vert-Galant (now a district of Villepinte); the deportation of his father to Pithiviers and then Auschwitz, where he was murdered in 1942; the deportation of his mother to Drancy and then Auschwitz, where she was murdered; living with the Bocahut family for the remainder of the war; being baptized Catholic to avoid suspicion that he might be Jewish; the end of the war; being placed with his sister in OSE homes for displaced children, first in Les Roches in Normandy and then in Taverny outside of Paris; being adopted along with his sister by a Jewish American couple, Harry and Rose Fein; and going with their adopted family to the United States in October 1948.


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Interviewee
Mr. Jacques Fein
Date
interview:  2016 August 11
Geography
creation: Washington (D.C.)
Language
English
Extent
1 digital file : MOV.
 
Record last modified: 2020-08-03 11:26:31
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