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INTERVIEWS,1993-1994: Part One
1) The German Occupation
2) The Arrest of Marcel Jabelot
3) Drancy
4) The Train to Auschwitz
5) Arrival at Auschwitz
6) Tattooing a Number
7) The First Night
8) The Food
9) Birkenau
10) The Coal Mine
11) The Belgian Architect
12) The Death March
13) The Polish Woman
14) The Russians
15) The Red Cross
16) Bucarest-Odessa-Marseille
17) Post-War
18) Anti-Semitism

INTERVIEWS,1993-1994: Part Two
19) Return to Paris
20) Work
21) The Sorbonne
22) Loss of Faith
23) Marriage
24) Bearing Witness
25) Lessons

  • Tuesday, March 14, 1995
    Marcel Jabelot's decoration as Chevalier in the Legion of Honor; presentation speech by Charles Palant; Pavillon Dauphine, Paris.
  • (continuation) Tuesday, March 14, 1995
    Marcel Jabelot's speech upon receiving the Legion of Honor medal; Pavillon Dauphine, Paris.
  • April 28, 1996
    Speech by Marcel Jabelot at the premiere of Visages de la Shoah [Faces of the Holocaust] at The Agnes Irwin School
  • July 20, 1997
    Speech by Marcel Jabelot in Drancy, for the Day of Commemoration of Racist and Anti-Semitic Persecutions
  • January 25, 2005
    Excerpts of the speech by M. Jacques Chirac, President of the Republic, at the inauguration of the Shoah Memorial in Paris
  • January 18, 2007
    Pantheon speech by M. Jacques Chirac, President of the Republic, in the national ceremony in honor of the Righteous of France.
  • Letters from Jabelot to three students
Chronology of World War II

Major Events in the Life of Marcel Jabelot

Comprehension Questions

  • Part One
  • Part Two
Discussion Questions

  • History
  • Memoirs and Literary Works
  • Internet Resources



Danièle Leclercq Jabelot and Marcel Jabelot in Villanova, 1996

Marcel Jabelot at the age of five

George and Simone Jablonowicz, Marcel's parents

Nineteen-year-old Marcel with his mother, in Nice

France in 1942, the Occupied Zone to the north and the "Free" Zone to the south

Second massive arrest of Jews in Paris, August 29, 1941

Drancy Internment Camp, the Gate

Anti-Jewish propaganda poster, Paris, 1941

Saint-Mandé Children’s Home. Twenty girls arrested on July 22, 1944 and later deported to Auschwitz

Père-Lachaise Cemetery, Paris
(Buna-Monowitz [Auschwitz III])

Memorial at Père-Lachaise Cemetery, Paris
(Buna-Monowitz [Auschwitz III])

Decoration as Chevalier in the Legion of Honor

The plaque at Drancy

Drancy Memorial: the train car

Vél d'Hiv roundup, buses parked along the Vélodrome d'Hiver, July 16-17, 1942

Monument, Vél d'Hiv roundup, Paris

Marcel Jabelot in his apartment in

Rue de Rivoli, 1944