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Oral history interview with Regine Archer

Oral History | Accession Number: 2015.103.10 | RG Number: RG-50.865.0010

Regine N. Archer (née Nozyce), born in December 5, 1924 in Krakow, Poland, describes moving to Liège, Belgium when she was 5 years old to live with her aunt and her husband; her mother and sister moving to Liège one-and-a-half years later; her parents’ fur business; her Jewish education; the German invasion of Belgium in May 1940 when she was 15 years old; the restrictions placed on Jews and the start of deportations; her father being head of the Jewish council in Liège; going into hiding with her sister in a convent in Wavre, Belgium; the mayor of Wavre working in the underground and helping to issue false papers; receiving the false name Renee Nogis and her sister received the name Jaqueline; learning shorthand and typing in the convent; no one knowing their true identities except Mother Superior and a priest; seeing their parents during vacations; taking a job with a lawyer in early 1944; the Allied bombings and providing medical care in a Carmelite convent; the lack of morphine; the area being liberated in September 1944; returning to Liège; becoming a head typist and interpreter at an army quarter master depot; meeting her American husband, James Archer, in Liège in 1944; immigrating to the US in January 1947; her life in the US; James dying in 1972 and remarrying; working at Blue Ridge Beverage Company in Salem, VA; visiting her sister in Belgium and traveling through Germany; her strong faith; lessons from the Holocaust; and her gratitude for the Christians who helped her family.

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Regine Archer
Dr. Marcia Horn
interview:  2006 December 12
1 DVD.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Marcia Horn
Record last modified: 2020-08-03 11:26:30
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