Rescuing the Children: A Holocaust Memoir

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Rescuing the Children is the memoir of Vivette Samuel, who at age twenty-two began working for the ?uvre de secours aux enfants (OSE, or Society for Assistance to Children). The OSE and similar organizations saved 86 percent of Jewish children in France from deportation to Nazi concentration and extermination camps.

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Overview

Rescuing the Children is the memoir of Vivette Samuel, who at age twenty-two began working for the Œuvre de secours aux enfants (OSE, or Society for Assistance to Children). The OSE and similar organizations saved 86 percent of Jewish children in France from deportation to Nazi concentration and extermination camps.

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Samuel recalls her work with the organization Euvre de Secours aux Enfants (or Society for Assistance to Children), which worked in occupied France to save Jewish children from deportation and certain death at the hands of the Nazi regime. She discusses her activities from convincing interned parents to separate from their children to arranging with French villagers to shelter the children. Translated from the 1995 work . Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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"This testimony by Vivette Samuel is important not only because she describes dramatic events that took place during the occupation of France but also because she brings to light insufficiently known facts about an organization—the Œuvre de secours aux enfants (OSE)—whose devotion to human causes does honor to humanity. I confess that I read this book with a great deal of emotion, because I owe so much to the OSE. It was the OSE that, in June 1945, took charge of the four hundred "children of Buchenwald," [including me]."—Elie Wiesel
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780299177447
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2013
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,006,351
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Vivette Samuel had a long career in social work and lived in Paris, France. Charles B. Paul, a historian, is professor emeritus in the humanities department at San José State University. He was among the children rescued by the OSE.

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Table of Contents

Illustrations Foreword: Rescue the Children—but the Others?
A Reminiscence Introduction

1 Odessa to Paris
2 War, Exodus, and Occupation
3 To Be Committed at the Age of Twenty
4 Rivesaltes: Behind the Barbed Wire
5 At the Time of the Deportations
6 The Hunt for the Children
7 Going Underground
8 Coming Out of the War
9 Fifty Years Later
10 Children's Odysseys

Appendix 1: What Happened to Them?
Appendix 2: Some Numbers Appendix 3: Chronology Acronyms and Abbreviations Notes Bibliography Index

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