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Oral history interview with Anne-Marie Levain

Oral History | Accession Number: 2014.236.1 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0767

Anne-Marie Levain, born on May 25, 1932 in Paris, France, describes her father, Paul Levain, who was Catholic and a political cartoonist for the weekly satirical newspaper, Le Canard enchainé; her Jewish Romanian mother, Etel (“Odette”) Sapira and her family; not interacting with the Jews in her community; her aunt posing for the sculptor, Bourdelle; her mother’s beauty parlor; attending a Montessori school in Versailles from the age of six to eight; being sent to public school in the 16th arrondissement then not attending school; her father making extra money by painting décor or posters for the music-halls and attending the shows with him; insisting that she wanted to be a dancer; being enrolled in all sorts of dance classes; her mother registering as a Jew and wearing the yellow star; her father making false identity papers for her mother; her mother’s parlor being turned over to an Aryan administrator; the arrest of her maternal grandmother; hearing rumors that people were treated well in Mathausen, where they believe her grandmother was sent; how after the war her mother volunteered at the Hotel Lutetia, where those who returned from deportation were sent first; accompanying her mother and being horrified by what she saw; her mother receiving compensation but being emotional affected by her experiences; her life in the theater; and her thoughts on her mother and grandmother.

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Ann-Marie Levain
Peggy Frankston
interview:  2014 July 29
2 digital files : WAV.