Palmyre Lévy Samuel was born on December 14, 1887 in Quatzenheim (Bas-Rhin department). She was the daughter of Baruch Lévy and Minette née JUDAS, and the wife of Henri Samuel.She left her residence in Haguenau (Bas- Rhin) to seek refuge with the family in Lapalisse (Allier department), where they lived first on the rue Traversière and then the Route Nationale.They were listed as French Jews in Lapalisse under the terms of the French state’s Anti-Semitic Law of June 2, 1941.(Source for the above document: Departmental archives of the Allier department 756 W 1)She was repertoried by the French state in 1943 as a French Jew.
(Source for the above document : Departmental archives of the Allier department 996 W 778 W 112)
She was arrested with her husband in the roundup by the German police on June 30, 1944 and interned in the Mal-Coiffée German military prison in Moulins (Allier).
They were transferred on July 15, 1944 to Drancy, where she was attributed I.D. n° 25171.
They were deported on July 31, 1944 from Drancy to Auschwitz in convoy n° 77.
In Le Mémorial de la Déportation des Juifs de France, Serge Klarsfeld writes about convoy n° 77: “The number of deportees was 1300. This convoy 77 (…) hauled toward the Auschwitz gas chambers more than 300 children under the age of 18. (…) 291 men were selected with I.D. numbers B 3673 to B 3963; the same for 283 women (A 16457 to A 16739). In 1945 there were 209 survivors, of whom 141 were women”.
The above document is an extract from the list of convoy n° 77. Source: Mémorial de la Shoah C 77_52.
She died on August 5, 1944 at Auschwitz according to Quatzenheim public records and the Journal Officiel n° 115 of May 19, 1998.
Note: Her brother Paul LÉVY, her sister-in-law Elvire, and her niece Jacqueline were also arrested in the same roundup.
“Died in deportation” according to the decree of the State Secretariat for War Veterans dated February 24, 1998, published in the Journal Officiel n° 115 of May 19, 1998.
– Archives of the Allier Department 1864 W 1, 756 W 1, 996 W 123.02, 996 W 778 W 112,
– Municipal Archives of Lapalisse
– Contemporary Jwish Documentation
– Public Records Office of Quatzenheim (Bas-Rhin department)
– Klarsfeld, Serge: List of the transfers to Drancy on July 15, 1944
– Klarsfeld, Serge: Memorial to the Jews Deported from France : 1942- 1944 1978
– MemorialGenWeb Internet site
– yadvashem.org Testimonial