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Oral history interview with Michel Sztulzaft

Oral History | Accession Number: 2018.547.1 | RG Number: RG-50.030.1001

Michel Sztulzaft, born on December 6, 1942 in Paris, France, discusses his father, Abram Sztulzaft, who was born in Kowal, Poland in 1904; his father’s move to France and arranged marriage; his father’s first two children, Marcel (born in 1927) and Hélène (born in 1935); the death of his father’s first wife during childbirth; his father’s second marriage to a woman he knew from his childhood; the beginning of the war; his father signing up with other foreign habitants of France to offer his services to fight for France; the roundup of Jews, including his parents, during the Rafle du Vél’ d’hiv; the release of his mother because she was pregnant with Michel; the deportation of his father; the MOI (Main d’oeuvre immigrée) finding Flora a place to hide in the eastern Paris suburb of Saint-Maurice after the birth of Michel; his mother’s work carrying out missions for the UJRE (Union des juifs pour la résistance et l'entraide); his mother helping to found the Commission Centrale de l’Enfance to take care of the approximately 6,000 Jewish orphans in France; being placed in various OSE and CCE homes with his sister Hélène during the war; his memories of the adults who did not know how to handle the trauma and stress of hidden children who had lost their parents; returning to his mother in 1950; having a bar mitzvah but not being raised religious; his relationship with his mother and siblings; attending a boarding school belonging to the Ministry of Defense to learn how to repair electrical systems on air planes; belong to the Zionist youth group, Hashomer Hatzair; being recruited for military service in 1960 but not bearing weapons; getting married at the age of 20 to a young Jewish woman; organizing collective activities for other workers in the Communist communes around the outside of Paris; his belief in transmitting knowledge to help people understand their world and give meaning to their lives; his involvement in politics; and his view of the world.

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Michel Sztulzaft
Peggy Frankston
interview:  2018 October 29
creation: Paris (France)
3 digital files : WAV.
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:39:54
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