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Oral history interview with Diego Masson

Oral History | Accession Number: 2014.53.1 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0748

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Diego Masson, born in Tossa de Mar, Spain (Catalonia) on June 21, 1935, describes his family; how his artist father, André Masson, moved the family back to France when the Spanish Civil War started in late 1936; how the family lived frugally on a stipend from the art-dealer Daniel Henry Kahnweiler; how after the German invasion his family took refuge in Auvergne, France then Marseille, France; how his father was on the Emergency Rescue Committee (ERC) list that Varian Fry brought with him to Marseilles in August 1940; leaving on a cargo ship, the Carimare, which was transformed to carry passengers; staying briefly in Martinique before going to New York, NY; how Alexander Calder helped them find a farmhouse to rent in New Preston, CT; going to the local school; antisemitism in New Preston; returning to France in the fall of 1945; settling in Aix-en-Provence, France; studying at the Paris Conservatory of Music; his involvement with the FLN (National Liberation Front); and his guilt about not having done more to thank Varian Fry for all that he did for his family.

Interviewee
Diego Masson
Interviewer
Peggy Frankston
Date
2014 March 12  (interview)
Language
French
Extent
2 digital files : WAV.