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Alexandra L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1309) interviewed by Rose Magel and Jay Cooperson

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1309

Videotape testimony of Alexandra L., who was born in Danzig Free State (presently Gdańsk, Poland) in 1928. She recalls her family's affluence; cordial relations with non-Jews; her maternal grandmother living with them; antisemitic harassment beginning in 1937; her father's arrest; looting of his store; his non-Jewish employees providing assistance; expulsion from school; not understanding sudden rejection by non-Jewish playmates; attending a Jewish school; a beating by Hitler Youth; destruction of their synagogue; her father contacting a cousin in the United States; her brother's birth in July 1938; receiving United States visas; her mother's grief at having to leave her mother behind (she did not survive); emigration to the United States from Gdynia in March 1939; assistance from HIAS; marriage in 1950; her sons' births in 1954 and 1959; and working as a teacher. Ms. L. discusses her and her parents' difficulty trusting others, and her work for human rights. She shows photographs.

Author/Creator
L., Alexandra, 1928-
Published
Wilmington, Del. : Halina Wind Preston Holocaust Education Center, 1989
Interview Date
April 9, 1989.
Language
English
Copies
4 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Alexandra L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1309). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4283628
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:36:00
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