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    Consists of copies of correspondence and post-war documents related to the experiences of Felice Zimmern Stokes. Includes copies of correspondence (with English translations) written by members of the Zimmern family in 1939-1942, including letters written in the Gurs internment camp. Also includes documents related to Felice Zimmern Stokes' membership in hidden children organizations, information related to the fate of her parents, David and Lydia Zimmern, both of whom perished, and correspondence with memorial associations.
    inclusive:  1939-2010
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Felice Zimmern Stokes
    Collection Creator
    Felice Zimmern Stokes
    Felice Zimmern (now Stokes) is the daughter of David (b. 1896) and Lydia (Bloch) Zimmern (b. 1898). She was born October 18, 1939 in Walldurn, Germany. She has one older sister, Beate (b. December 30, 1937). On October 22, 1940 the Zimmern family was deported over the French border to the Gurs internment camp. In early 1942, a relief worker from the OSE came to the camp to request permission to remove the children. The Zimmerns agreed, and the children were sent to La Pouponnière, a home for preschool age children in Limoges. Felice and Beate lived there for two years, and then were hidden in separate private homes. For the next two years Felice lived with Gaston and Juliette Patoux, farmers who owned a vineyard in La Caillaudière, near Vendoeuvres. The Patoux family cared for her as if she were their own child until the liberation. Three months before the end of the war, Beate joined her there. When the war was over, the girls moved to OSE homes in Draveil (where they lived for two years) and Taverny (where they stayed for another three years), before immigrating to the United States in 1951. Felice and Beate's parents were transferred from Gurs to Rivesaltes in August 1942, and from there to Drancy in September. They were deported to their death in Auschwitz on convoy #40 that departed November 4, 1942. In 1974 Gaston and Juliette Patoux were recognized by Yad Vashem as Righteous Among the Nations.

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    English French
    5 folders

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Geographic Name
    Walldürn (Germany)
    Corporate Name
    Gurs (Concentration camp)

    Administrative Notes

    Felice Zimmern Stokes donated this material to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2013.
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