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Oral history interview with Marie Meyer Zion

Oral History | Accession Number: 2019.99.1 | RG Number: RG-50.030.1018

Marie Zion (née Meyer), born on October 20, 1929 in Meisenthal, France, discusses being the eldest of the five children; her father, Joseph Meyer (born May 19, 1999), and her mother, Marie Kremer (born October 15, 1900); her father’s work as a carpenter and cabinet-maker with his brother; having a very religious Catholic family; the arrival of the Germans as soon as the armistice was signed in June 1940; the French school teachers being replaced by German teachers; how speaking French was severely punished; not having a radio; seeing antisemitic posters; hearing about the D-Day landing in June 1944; hiding with her family in the cellar for over two weeks; the Allied bombings near their home; the Germans requisitioned the family home in the fall of 1944; the arrival of American soldiers in December 1944; the Americans distributing Nescafé, chewing gum, chocolate, and cans of red beans; finishing elementary school and going to work in a mirror factory; and getting married in 1959 and having five children.


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Interviewee
Marie Meyer Zion
Interviewer
Peggy Frankston
Date
interview:  2019 February 16
Geography
creation: Meisenthal (France)
Language
French
Extent
1 digital file : MP3.
 
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:55:30
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