Jewish Heritage Collection: Oral history interview with Helene Ejbuszyc Diamant

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Jewish Heritage Collection: Oral history interview with Helene Ejbuszyc Diamant
Tannenbaum, Karen
Diamant, Helene Ejbuszyc
Helene Ejbuszyc Diamant, born in Warsaw, Poland, immigrated to Paris, France, as an infant with her parents, grandparents, and brother. She was in high school when the Germans invaded France in May 1940. Her father fled with an uncle and was never heard from again. Helene describes how she and her mother were arrested by the local police and detained at the internment camp in Drancy, near Paris, and released once she showed her work papers. Her brother was also detained at Drancy; during the interview, Helene reads a postcard he sent from the camp to inform them that he was leaving soon “for an unknown destination.” Sometime in late 1943 or early 1944, Helene and her mother fled with her grandparents, an aunt and uncle, and two cousins to Aix-les-Bains in France’s so-called free zone, where they spent nearly a year before escaping to Lugano, Switzerland. She met and married her husband, Maurice Diamant, in Lugano, and they immigrated to the United States in 1948.
Jewish Heritage Collection Oral Histories
Contributing Institution:
College of Charleston Libraries
Media Type:
Oral Histories
Personal or Corporate Subject:
Drancy (Concentration camp)
Topical Subject:
Jews--South Carolina--Interviews, Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Personal narratives, World War, 1939-1945--France--Paris, Holocaust survivors--South Carolina--History, Jewish refugees--Switzerland
English, French
Shelving Locator:
MSS 1035-296
S.C. County:
Greenville County (S.C.)
Internet Media Type:
Digitization Specifications:
Mp3 derivative audio created with Audacity software. Archival masters are wav files.
Preferred Citation:
Helene Ejbuszyc Diamant, audio interview by Karen Tannenbaum, 12 May 2005, Mss 1035-296, Special Collections, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC, USA.
Copyright Status Statement:
Digital resource copyright 2014, College of Charleston. All rights reserved. For more information contact Special Collections, Addlestone Library, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC 29424.