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Oral history interview with Simone Weil Lipman

Oral History | Accession Number: 2015.103.5 | RG Number: RG-50.865.0005

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Simone Weil Lipman, born in Ringendorf, France in 1920, describes her family moving to Strasbourg three years after her birth; her father’s work as a shepherd who also owned land in Alsace; living with her parents, brother, paternal grandmother, and a maid; attending public school, specializing in classical studies and early childhood education; also attending Hebrew school, where she had a solid Jewish education; being active as a leader in the Jewish youth movement; being a nursery school teacher in a Paris Montessori school after the war started; the German occupation of France and her family fleeing to a farm in Dordogne, France; selling produce in town and bicycling for transportation; going to help the OSE (Oeuvre de Secours aux Enfants) with a friend, Andree Salomon, in Rivesaltes in 1941; organizing children's activities and helping in the infirmary; finding channels to provide children with false papers and homes in Southern France; the closing of Rivesaltes in 1942; having jaundice and hepatitis; getting a job near Limoges in Poulouzat (a village in Condat-sur-Vienne), tutoring children and organizing activities; the OSE organizing an underground network, led by Georg Garel; being given the false name of Simone Werlin, along with false papers, and passing as a non-Jewish nurse; being assisted by some Catholic and Protestant organizations and getting money through Switzerland; being almost arrested once; her father being taken away in April 1944 but being able to escape; opening a preschool near Paris for young children who had lost their parents after the war; opening a training center for teens; being offered a scholarship by the National Council of Jewish Women in the U.S., and leaving in October 1945 to study at Tulane University's School of Social Work; attending Western Reserve in Cleveland, where she met her future husband; earning a master's in social work; her sons and grandchildren; reading Elie Wiesel; moving to Syracuse in 1964 and beginning to talk about her Holocaust experiences; helping create a children-of-survivors group, Le Petite Monde, and talking with other groups; moving back to France for three years in the 1980s; moving to Chapel Hill, NC; telling her story at schools, churches, and synagogues; becoming active in the Hidden Child Foundation; attending OSE reunions; and her reflections on the Holocaust.

Interviewee
Mrs. Simone W. Lipman
Interviewer
Dr. Marcia Horn
Date
2006 October 30  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
1 DVD.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Marcia Horn
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