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Alfi N. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1001) interviewed by Lee Blum and David Terman,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1001

Videotape testimony of Alfi N., who was born in London, England in 1923. He describes his childhood in an affluent family; joining Habonim when he was eleven; attending technical school; active participation in Hechalutz; working at a kibbutz with young Jewish refugees from Germany and Austria; joining the British military in 1940; fighting throughout Europe; attending a Gordonyah meeting in liberated Brussels; contacts with the Jewish brigade; entering Bergen-Belsen; posing as a Polish soldier in an attempt to locate relatives in other camps; associating himself with the Palmaḥ to smuggle survivors out of camps for illegal immigration to Palestine; discharge from the British military; arranging housing and food in Marseille for survivors illegally traveling to Palestine; assistance from the Joint; sailing with the Exodus in 1947; emigration to Israel in 1948; building a kibbutz; marriage; and his children's births. Mr. N notes that he views himself as a pioneer, not a hero.

N., Alfi, 1923-
Wilmette, Ill. : Holocaust Education Foundation, 1987
Interview Date
January 25, 1987.
London (England)
Brussels (Belgium)
Marseille (France)
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Alfi N. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1001). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.