Documentation for a false identity: Simone Weil [LCID: 1998z08j]

Documentation for a false identity: Simone Weil

Simone Weil kept this blank identification card bearing her picture in case her cover as "Simone Werlin" were blown and she needed to establish a new false identity. Both resistance workers and sympathetic government employees provided her the necessary stamps and signatures. Such forged documents assisted Weil in her work rescuing Jewish children as a member of the relief and rescue organization Oeuvre de Secours aux Enfants (Children's Aid Society; OSE).

Critical Thinking Questions

What pressures and motivations may have influenced the decisions of rescuers and those who resisted?

Why are documents, photographs, and artifacts like this one important historical evidence?


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