• Born Michael Teuchschneider, in Brussels, Belgium Survivor of the French Resistance, The American 1st Army in France and of the Holocaust, 85 years old this September (2007).

 

  • Parents and eldest sister murdered at Auschwitz, following their deportation and transportation. Each also endured years of internment, confinements, tortures, starvation, confiscations of property, separations from family, arrests, beatings, forced marches, loss of home, health, and liberty.

 

  • Sisters Rivka Dagan, Malka Nahamovitz, and Eva Lang were detained and transformed into hidden children.

 

  • All members of the family spent at least 2 years in Vichy concentration camp/jails. All the members of the family fled Belgium with the permanent loss of home and property in Brussels, only to be arrested in France. There they continued to suffer further loss of property, clothing and liberty. All confined to Riversaltes Concentration Camp from 1940 through 1942. Michael Taylor helped his family escape and evade recapture for 5 months until his parents were re-arrested, and immediately deported.

 

  • Following two years in the French Resistance Michael Taylor also participated in the liberation of the Dachau Concentration Camp while serving with the Rainbow Division of the American Army.

 

  • Michael Taylor then legally took his three sisters and many others on the first ship, The Matarua, to leave Paris for Palestine. They had no possessions left. All began a new life after Taylor again fought successfully in the Israeli Army, this time for an independent State of Israel.

 

  • Michael Taylor married Rita Taylor in Israel

 

  • Michael Taylor’s WW II history has been featured in many publications, including: His home town’s: The Wood-Ridge Independent; of December 29, 1983, “1983: a Year Mike Will Remember” of February 13, 1985 “Local Merchant Tells of Holocaust Experience”. of July 9, 1986 “His First Glimpse of Liberty”. The Bergen County, NJ, Record, of February 21, 1983, “One Jew’s Own Trial of Nazi Klaus Barbie”. The Jewish Veteran, of April 21, 1984, “Challenge to Barbie”.

 

 

 

France

http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/article.php?lang=en&ModuleId=10005429

 

 

French Resistance, Underground

 http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/media_oi.php?lang=en&ModuleId=10006587&MediaId=4557

http://www.ushmm.org/education/foreducators/resource/pdf/resistance.pdf

http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/media_nm.php?lang=en&ModuleId=10005213&MediaId=1577

 

 

Paris Jewish Community during WWII…Jews in France

 http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/vjw/France.html#Holocaust

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 Encyclopedia Entries - France

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 http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/article.php?lang=en&ModuleId=10005365

 http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/article.php?lang=en&ModuleId=10005429

 http://www1.yadvashem.org/odot_pdf/Microsoft%20Word%20-%206509.pdf

 http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/judaica/ejud_0002_0004_0_03686.html

 http://www1.yadvashem.org/odot_pdf/Microsoft%20Word%20-%203702.pdf

 

 

Rivesaltes

 http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Holocaust/Rivesaltes.html

 

 

Rainbow Division of the American Army

 http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/ww2/rainbow.html

 

 

Dachau

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 http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/index.php?ModuleId=10005214

 

His eldest sister Sarah (age 17) and his parents Zacharia and Esther (in their 40s) were murdered at Auschwitz in September, 1942. Michael Taylor escaped French concentration camps after two years confinement with his family and joined the Jewish Underground or Maquis, primarily near Lyons, France. The infamous Butcher of Lyon, Klaus Barbie actively sought out hidden Jewish children and their Christian protectors in that region, for torture, deportation and extermination. When Barbie was suddenly captured in South America around 1983 and brought to trial in France, Taylor was interviewed by Mr, Pinkston and other press, both local and regional (some of which is enclosed), in conjunction with his WW II resistance, sabotage, and participation in the American Army’s liberation of France. Taylor joined about 75 Jews in combat and following D-Day they and some 50 gentiles from France joined the American First Army. Previous to the invasion, the Allies continuously communicated with the Maquis, providing assistance and supplies. By keeping in touch with their location, eight paratroopers eventually assisted their successful sabotage of Nazi trains fleeing the invasion. The Nazis attempted to loot wine, food, art (similarly to the movie The Train, directed by John Frankenheimer), as well as retain military supplies for an anticipated new front. Michael Taylor was rearmed by the American Army and now his unit fought as one part. When the German border was reached, he was awarded a furlough to return East to find and visit his sisters (all three hidden children, still in their low teens). Marcel Marsol had taken care of the youngest; she had been extremely ill and he was in the Resistance and knew the family. After securing custody, Taylor waited unsuccessfully for half a year for the return of their parents and eldest sister (of whose whereabouts and murder all remained ignorant until Beatty Klarsfeld’s publication of the details). In September of 1945, Michael Taylor then legally took his three sisters and many others on the first ship, The Matarua to leave Paris for Palestine. They had no possessions left. All began a new life after Taylor again fought successfully in the Israeli Army, this time for an independent State of Israel. A book about the Matarua features a famous photograph on the cover, which depicts my father proudly waving his beret and gun on top of a crowded jeep filled with Resistance heroes. They had been specially selected by the American Army Command as a symbol to precede General Charles DeGaulle’s prepared entry into Paris after its liberation, to cheering streets of thousands. The following are details of my father’s family and his WW II history: