Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date

August 2010

Creation Date

2010-08-12

Publisher Information

Florida Holocaust Museum in conjunction with University of South Florida Tampa Library and Holocaust & Genocide Studies Center

Keywords

Crimes against humanity, Diner, Marcel, Florida, France, Genocide, Hidden children, Holocaust survivors, 1939-1945, Jewish children in the Holocaust

Abstract

Oral history interview with Holocaust survivor Marcel Diner. Diner was born in 1939 in Paris but left with his mother as a baby for Le Menoux, a small town in central France, where they lived during the war. His father joined the French Forces of the Interior and was captured by the Germans shortly after joining. He managed to escape from Hirson prisoner of war camp three times, including once from a train. Since he was so young, Diner has few memories of the Holocaust or of being in hiding, and his parents did not like to discuss the subject with him. In 2010 he went back to France and visited the town where he and his mother hid, finding the bakery where he used to buy bread. The owners helped him contact several people who had been there during the war and who took him around the town and told him about its history. This was a powerful experience for Diner, who found the townspeople to be exceptionally friendly.

Physical Information

1 sound file (31 min.) : digital, MP3 file + 1 transcript (12 p.)