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Oral history interview with Josephine Meyer Zion

Oral History | Accession Number: 2019.100.1 | RG Number: RG-50.030.1019

Josephine Zion (née Meyer), born on March 18, 1938 in Meisenthal, France, discusses one of her earliest memories which involved being taken to the cellar where the family sought refuge from the bombs and rigorous attacks as the Allies tried to push the Wehrmacht out of the region; attending the local kindergarten, run by the nuns; speaking only German or the local dialect; how even after the war the village priest continued to teach catechism and take confession in German; tasting chocolate for the first time when the American soldiers handed out treats to the children; her family attending mass, vespers, and evening prayers every Sunday; her family giving refuge to family members from Metz who had lost their home during air raids; getting married in 1959; moving back into her childhood home; finding the wallet of Lieutenant Charles I. Lobel (an American soldier in the 274th Infantry Regiment); living in a house owned by the local glass factory, in Saint-Louis-lès-Bitche; returning to Meisenthal; her husband’s death at an early age; and working several jobs to support her five children. [Mrs. Zion discusses several artifacts she brought to the interview.]


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Interviewee
Josephine Meyer Zion
Interviewer
Peggy Frankston
Date
interview:  2019 February 16
Geography
creation: Meisenthal (France)
Language
French
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Record last modified: 2019-08-05 14:03:30
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