Interview with Henri Parens,

Project: Voices of the Holocaust Oral History Project

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Henri Parens discusses his early years in Brussels, Belgium leading up to 1940, when Germany invaded Belgium and Parens fled to the vicinity of Toulouse, France with his mother. He recounts their relocation to an internment camp in Rivesaltes, France, where living conditions were continually becoming worse for the refugees confined there. In spring of 1941, he says that he obeyed his mother's wish for him to escape and ended up in a home for Jewish children in southern France operated by French social workers. In 1942, Parens explains, he was taken to the United States, where he, along with a friend, were adopted by a family in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, finished school, and completed college. He discusses the impact of his wartime experiences on his interpersonal relationships and on his attitude toward religion. After college, he explains, he was drafted into the military and was shipped to Europe, where he found out more about the circumstances surrounding his mother's death in Auschwitz.

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2015oh028_vh026

Interviewee Name

Henri Parens

Interviewer Name

Leora Kahn

Interview Date

1994

Interview Partial Date

1994

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Parens, Henri Interview by Leora Kahn. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Parens, H. (n.d.). Interview by L. Kahn. Voices of the Holocaust Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Parens, Henri, interview by Leora Kahn. (n.d.), Voices of the Holocaust Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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