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Fiol, Raymonde, 1936-


Raymonde "Ray" Fiol was born August 22, 1936 in Germany. A Jewish Holocaust survivor whose parents were killed in Auschwitz, Fiol was hidden by a Christian family of Resistance fighters during her childhood in Nazi-occupied Paris, France. She married American serviceman Phil Fiol and left Paris in 1957. The couple lived in New York City, New York where she worked in inventory control. Fiol retired to Las Vegas, Nevada around 2003 and became active in the local Holocaust Survivors Group. In 2007, she became president of the organization, which provides essential services to Holocaust survivors and helps them share their stories.

Fiol was also a member of the Nevada Governor’s Advisory Council on Education Relating to the Holocaust and the coordinating council of Shoah International. Her dedication to preserving the memory of the Holocaust and caring for survivors earned her the Nevada Senior Citizen of the Year award from the Nevada Delegation of the National Silver Haired Congress and the Aging Services Directors Organization in 2014. In 2013, she was named Mensch Volunteer of the Year by the Jewish Federation of Las Vegas.

Bell, Norman. "Woman seeks to keep Holocaust memory alive." Las Vegas Review-Journal. May 9, 2014.