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Oral history interview with Diego Masson

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

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.


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