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Oral history interview with Henry Allouche

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

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.

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Allouche, Henry
Gloger, Katya
interview:  2011 June 23
Oral histories.
1 digital file : MOV.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Fundación Memoria Viva
Record last modified: 2022-06-16 10:13:14
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