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Oral history interview with Cecylia Thibault

Oral History | Accession Number: 2014.150.1 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0759

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Cecylia Thibault, born on June 1, 1934 in Ropczyce, Poland, discusses her gratitude for the opportunity to share her experiences; her family background and her parents’ arranged marriage; her father’s death in 1937; her and her mother’s time spent living with her grandmother; her persistent hunger; her mother’s and grandmother’s work for Jews; the invasion of Poland; seeing Jewish people from the town beaten if they resisted boarding the trucks; the shock and fear felt by the Polish people in town; how her mother received a notice to report for labor service; her and her mother’s transport to Germany and arrival at a farm outside of Pößneck; her book; her mother’s work; being bullied by the Polish foreman’s children; the presence of French and Russian prisoners of war; her mother having a son in 1942; being transferred to a smaller farm at the end of 1943; being forced to wear a “P” on her clothes for “Polish”; becoming fluent in German; turning 10 years old and joining the workers; becoming ill; being transferred to a factory that made rifle stocks; liberation by American soldiers in April 1945; moving through a succession of displaced persons camps; her mother’s remarriage; her family’s arrival in New York in April 1948; various moves and jobs around New York; discovering at age 18 that she was an American citizen by birth; becoming a receptionist and bookkeeper for a Polish newspaper; her marriage in 1961 and move to Manchester, NH; and the importance of forgiveness and education.
Note: At the very end, photos from Mrs. Thibault’s book are shown.

Interviewee
Cecylia Thibault
Interviewer
Ina Navazelskis
Date
2014 July 17  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
1 digital file : MPEG-4.