Oral history interview with Georges Isserlis
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- Georges Isserlis
2012 March 29
2012 March 29 (interview)
1 CD-ROM : MPEG-4.
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- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Middlebury College Language Schools
George Isserlis, born in 1925, discusses his early life in Paris, France; his parents’ immigration to France from Russia; his Jewish education; his family’s flight to Vichy, France in 1940; his sister’s arrest in Paris in 1942 and death in Auschwitz; traveling from city to city in southern France; living in relative safety under Italian rule in Antibes, France until 1942; the growing number of Jewish refugees in southern France; actively participating in the Protestant scout movement; the Nazi invasion of the free zone; moving to Nice, France with his parents; becoming more involved in the resistance; their knowledge of what was happening elsewhere; meeting Pasteur Pierre Gagnier, a Righteous Among the Nations; his parents’ leadership roles in the resistance, including his mother’s role as the director of the Organization to Save the Children; crossing the border between Monaco and France to deliver funds to the resistance; his arrest while carrying 150 forged identity cards; escaping the train taking him as a prisoner to Paris; Pasteur Gagnier’s role in his escape; and leaving the station to find his parents.
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