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Oral history interview with Monique Kreps-Sellam

Oral History | Accession Number: 2018.548.1 | RG Number: RG-50.030.1002

Monique Kreps-Sellam, born on March 28, 1940 in Paris, France, discusses her attempts to reconstruct the first five years of her childhood; her father, Abraham Joel Kreps, who was born in 1900 in Opole, Poland and immigrated in 1920 to France and worked as a tailor; her mother, Ryvka Wald; her parents’ marriage in 1929 and residence in an apartment at 48 rue de la Goutte d’Or in the 18th arrondissement; the birth of her sister, Rose, in 1930; her mother’s parenting skills; the deportation of her father in 1941 to camp Pithiviers and then Auschwitz in June 1942; her mother’s relationship with a man in the Jewish resistance, Marcel Bruck; being sent to a small town called Grosrouvre (in the Yvelines); living with Madame Gouast, who had taken in quite a few other children even before the war; her sister and mother avoiding the roundup on July 17, 1942 and fleeing to Châteaumeillant in the unoccupied zone; her father survival of Auschwitz; the separation of his parents after the war; being sent to another foster family in the Orne; returning to her mother a few years later; being beaten by her mother regularly; being sent by a social worker to other homes during the 1950s; being legally considered a ward of the state; her father’s remarriage and other children Michel (born in 1947) and Daniel (born in 1951); feeling herself lucky to have been under the care of devoted social workers; obtaining a scholarship in 1957 and studying literature and earning a master’s degree in law; getting married to a Jewish man who was of North African descent; their daughter and son; getting divorced; being active in an association of children who lived in homes and went to summer camps created by the CCE (Amis de la Commmission Centrale de l’Enfance); being on the board of the future virtual museum dedicated to the Jewish Resistance and foreign resistance fighters; the recent works by sociologists, journalists, and psychiatrists about hidden children; and her appreciation of the work of Jean-Pierre Guéno, who gave former hidden children a popular forum to express their trauma.

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Monique Kreps-Sellam
Peggy Frankston
interview:  2018 November 22
creation: Paris (France)
1 digital file : WAV.
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:55:26
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