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

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4495

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.

N., Alexander, 1932-
New Haven, Conn: Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 2017
Interview Date
September 27, 2017.
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.
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