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Alex R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-326) interviewed by Sarah Moskovitz

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-326

Videotape testimony of Alex R., who was born in Amsterdam, Netherlands in 1932. He recounts attending private school; German invasion in May 1940; anti-Jewish legislation prohibiting Jews from attending school with non-Jews; the principal placing dividers to allow the Jewish students to remain; being rounded up with his parents to a theater (his sister hid); non-Jews sneaking children out; his father's employee being released due to his marriage to a non-Jewish woman and obtaining Alex R.'s release by claiming him as his son; his sister contacting the underground, which placed them separately with non-Jewish families; moving several times; remaining with a family in Bolsward; obtaining false papers as their cousin; being treated as their own child; attending church, although knowing he was Jewish "inside"; reunion with his sister after the war (she had been betrayed and deported); living with her in Amsterdam; his foster family's emigration to the United States; and joining them in 1954. Mr. R. discusses continuing close relations with his foster family; nightmares about separation from his own children; and nervousness, including ulcers, resulting from his experiences.

Author/Creator
R., Alex, 1932-
Published
Northridge, Calif. : Child Survivor Archive at California State University, Northridge, 1983
Interview Date
September 25, 1983.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: Betacam SP dub; 1/2 in. VHS dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Alex R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-326). 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/4293420
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:39:00
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