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Oral history interview with Felix Transport

Oral History | Accession Number: 2014.343.1 | RG Number: RG-50.106.0235

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Felix Transport, born in Paris, France on July 20, 1930, describes living with his mother until he was put in a children’s home at age four because his father had moved to the United States; having difficulties as a child and being moved to several orphanages and children’s homes; seeing throngs of Parisians trying to escape Paris when he was being put on a train to go to Mercues in SW France; living in a home run by a Rabbi with a staff of four people; living in a series of homes from 1939 to 1942 all part of the OSE network (Oeuvre de Secours aux Enfants); being taken to another village to a college at the end of 1942 when the Rabbi died; the OSE hiding the fact that they were Jews; first learning about concentration camps in 1945; spending 1945 to 1947 in Champigny, where his mother lived nearby; moving at age 17 back to Paris with his mother; his mother trying to find ways to move to the US and finally finding sponsorship by the man who was his uncle’s boss; arriving in New York, NY, first in Manhattan and finally in the Bronx; his mother dying five years later; joining the US Army after working as a successful graphic designer for five years; being in the Army for two years and working as a translator in France; and returning to New York, where he owned a graphic design company for 24 years until his retirement.

Interviewee
Mr. Felix Transport
Interviewer
Julie Kopel
Date
2014 November 12  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
2 digital files : WAV.
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