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Oral history interview with Arlette Grossfeld

Oral History | Accession Number: 2014.394.1 | RG Number: RG-50.106.0237

Arlette Grossfeld (née Zarnowski), born on February 7, 1930 in suburban Paris, France, discusses her childhood; her father Wolf, a furrier, and her mother Caroline Gold; her younger brother and her large, observant extended family; speaking French at home; having Jewish and non-Jewish friends; enjoying reading, swimming, and tennis; first hearing adults speaking about Hitler and Kristallnacht in 1938; not experiencing any antisemitism; going south in 1941 with her extended family by train to Nice, France; being sent with her brother to a farm owned by the Marchais family and taking the name Arlette Romanier; attending church with the family but not going to school; writing to her parents but not having a newspaper or a radio; helping with planting; her brother having a close relationship to the farmer who got paid for keeping the children; celebrating D Day; her parents coming in 1945 at war’s end and going back to Paris to their empty apartment; her father working in his old business; going back to school; finding out that all of her father’s family in Poland and her mother’s brother and sister did not survive; immigrating to the United States in 1949 sponsored by her maternal uncle Leo Gold who was a doctor; working in her uncle’s office; marrying Phillip Grossfeld, a survivor of Auschwitz from Radom, Poland; having six children; and feeling very lucky.

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Ms. Arlette Grossfeld
Gail Schwartz
interview:  2014 December 18
1 digital file : WAV.
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:45:03
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