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Alexander N. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4495) interviewed by Joanne Weiner Rudof and Dana Kline,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4495

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    Summary
    Videotape testimony of Alexander N., who was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1932. He recounts a comfortable childhood as an only child in an assimilated family; cordial relations with non-Jews; occasional antisemitic incidents; German invasion; ghettoization; disease, starvation, and round-ups; escaping with his father in 1942 thanks to his father's friends and the Armia Krajowa; hiding with his father's friends; receiving false papers; work on a farm in Chodków Stary; regular visits from his mother; returning to Warsaw with his mother when the villagers suspected he was Jewish; he and his mother hiding with a non-Jewish family in Warsaw; visits with his father; the Warsaw Uprising; hiding with his father and non-Jewish friends; capture by the Germans; transfer to the Pruszków as Polish citizens; transfer to Frankfurt an der Oder; avoiding a medical examination that would have identified him as Jewish; transfer to a cider factory in Wittenberg; liberation by Soviet troops; returning to Warsaw; reunion with his mother; discovering his father's family had been killed; attending school in Poland; being sent to live in London after the Kielce pogrom; emigrating to Palestine; marriage in 1960; and moving to the United States in 1962. Mr. N. credits his father's connections and realism for their survival. He describes the non-Jews who helped his family and provided good working conditions before the liquidation. He shows photographs and documents.
    Author/Creator
    N., Alexander, 1932-
    Published
    New Haven, Conn: Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 2017
    Interview Date
    September 27, 2017.
    Locale
    Poland
    Warsaw
    Getto warszawskie (Warsaw, Poland)
    London (England)
    Warsaw (Poland)
    Wittenberg (Germany : Landkreis)
    Frankfurt an der Oder (Germany)
    Haifa (Israel)
    Cite As
    Alexander N. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4495). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Rudof, Joanne Weiner, interviewer.
    Kline, Dana L., interviewer.
    Notes
    This testimony is in English

    Physical Details

    Language
    English
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (2 hr. 23 minutes): col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Child survivors.
    False papers.
    Hiding.
    Postwar experiences.

    Administrative Notes

    Link to Yale University Library Catalog:
    http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/13319845
    Record last modified:
    2019-11-18 16:36:00
    This page:
    https:​/​/collections.ushmm.org​/search​/catalog​/hvt13319845

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