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Oral history interview with Henry Allouche

Oral History | Accession Number: 2013.294.2 | RG Number: RG-50.693.0002

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Henry Allouche, born on October 15, 1940 in Paris, France, describes his few memories of his life during the Holocaust; lacking any memory of his mother, sister, and brother, who were deported and murdered at Sobibor; his faint memories of being in the countryside in a small house with a man and a woman and a few other children; his belief that he was hidden with this family; being afraid to go alone at night to an outhouse in the garden; being with his father in Lyon, France after the war around 1945; how his father made small ceramic boats for him to play with; how his memories are filled in sketchily by his father, who did not talk much, and his own personal research; how around 1941 and 1942 his father worked in a leather factory in Paris and was told to flee because the Germans were coming; how his father fled to Lyon and his mother, forewarned about the Vel d'Hiv roundup, took Henry, his brother, and his sister towards Spain; arriving in Orthez, France and being arrested on October 5, 1942 by the German police; how documents indicate that they were sent to Camp Merignac on October 26, 1942; being transferred by convoy number four to Drancy; how he was hospitalized on November 20, 1942 and sent to Hospital Rothschild with a hernia; how there is conflicting information about when he left the hospital, but it was between December 20, 1942 and March 3, 1943; how he was liberated on March 3, 1943; being cared for by a Hospital Rothschild social worker named Claire Herman; how his father said Claire took him from the hospital and probably hid him; how his mother, sister, and brother were transferred from Drancy to Beaune-la-Rolande then returned to Drancy on March 24, 1943 were then deported on the 53rd convoy to Sobibor on March 25, 1943; how his father found him in 1943 and they returned to Paris; how he eventually got married and had three children and five grandchildren; and how it was painful to wait so long to fill in the gaps in his knowledge and his inability to complete the task.

Interviewee
Henry Allouche
Interviewer
Katya Gloger
Date
2011 June 23  (interview)
Language
French
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
1 digital file : MOV.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Fundación Memoria Viva
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