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Marcel Jabelot was born on May 31, 1924, to a working class father from Poland and a Parisian mother. After the German invasion of France, he and his family moved to the Free Zone in Nice where he secretly began medical studies.
He was arrested in September 1943 with his mother, father and paternal grandmother (78 years old), transferred to Drancy and deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau in October 1943, on Convoy #61. His mother and grandmother were gassed upon arrival while his father "disappeared" a month later. Marcel Jabelot spent nearly eighteen months at Auschwitz-Birkenau and miraculously survived the Death March in January 1945.
Despite the loss of his entire family (a total of sixteen members), tuberculosis and the theft of all his possessions, he remade a life for himself after the War: a successful career in business and a happy marriage. Marcel Jabelot retired at the age of sixty, in order to study history, economics and sociology at the Sorbonne, and to speak to school students about the Holocaust. In March 1995, he was decorated Chevalier in the Legion of Honor. He died on March 23, 1999, at the age of seventy-four.
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|Faces of the Holocaust: Marcel Jabelot
Author: Barbara P. Barnett
Translation of Jabelot's Testimony by Carole Kenney
18 photographs, footnotes, references, index; Reader's Guide
Softcover, 5.5 x 8.5 ins., 92 pages
ISBN 0-9743158-7-7, $12.95