Rescuing The Children: A Holocaust Memoir by Vivette Samuel

Rescuing The Children: A Holocaust Memoir

byVivette SamuelTranslated byCharles B. PaulForeword byElie Wiesel

Paperback | February 28, 2013

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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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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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Title:Rescuing The Children: A Holocaust MemoirFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9 × 7 × 0.8 inPublished:February 28, 2013Publisher:University Of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0299177440

ISBN - 13:9780299177447

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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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“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, winner of the 1986 Nobel Peace Prize