Rancho Mirage, CA. – Marcel Tenenbaum was born in Brussels, Belgium in 1935. Marcel was only 5 years old when the Germans invaded Belgium in May 1940. Despite the war, Marcel went to school and completed first grade. In the spring of 1942 the Germans started deporting Belgian Jews. In order to avoid this fate Marcel’s family went into hiding in a small attic room that belonged to Marcel father’s employer, a tailor for whom he continued to work. They lived in hiding for 2 years, hardly ever leaving the small attic room.
In August 1944 they were denounced and taken to the ‘caserne Dossin’ detention camp from where they were to be deported to Auschwitz, but the convoy never left. The family was liberated on September 4, 1944 by British troops. They immigrated to Canada in 1951. Marcel speaks English and french.
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