Hear a Witness: John Lamovie
Join us at the Melbourne Holocaust Museum for the rare opportunity to hear first-hand from a Holocaust survivor.
John Lamovie was born into a Polish Jewish family in Paris in 1936. After the German invasion of France in 1940, his father left Paris to avoid arrest and joined the resistance. John’s mother and sister tried to escape but were caught and deported to Auschwitz, where they were murdered.
John joined his father in Lyon, which was under control of the Vichy regime. They were arrested, but John was saved by a French woman. His father eventually escaped from the Rivesaltes internment camp with the help of the French underground. As soon as he was free he returned for John.
John hid with various family members until liberation in 1944. Most of his extended family, including his grandparents and two uncles, were murdered during the Holocaust.
John will speak about his experiences in conversation with Melbourne Holocaust Museum educator Melanie Attar.