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Alexander V. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1328) interviewed by Linda Schwab and Naomi Klein

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1328

Videotape testimony of Alexander V., who was born in Ouderkerk aan de Amstel, Netherlands in 1938. He notes he has only vague memories and describes his family's orthodoxy; his father's position as caretaker of the Amsterdam Sephardic cemetery in Ouderkerk; German invasion in May 1940; his sister's birth in July 1941; his family's exemption from forced relocation because of his father's position; his brother's birth in November 1943; being taken by a member of an underground movement to Amsterdam, then Arnhem; living openly with a Catholic family, posing as their nephew; hiding during the Battle of Arnhem in September 1944; evacuation north; liberation in May 1945; reunion with his parents, whom he didn't recognize; recognizing his house in Ouderkerk; two or three visits to his rescuers; and emigrating to Israel, then the United States. Mr. V. discusses the difficult adjustment of becoming Jewish again after returning to his parents. He shows photographs.

Author/Creator
V., Alexander, 1938-
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
Alexander V. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1328). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.