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Alexander H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3438) interviewed by Beatrice Harrison and Alys Kremer Grossman,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3438

Videotape testimony of Alexander H., who was born in Poland in 1919, the oldest of seven children. He recounts living in Łódź; moving to Sompolno when he was seven; attending public school; his family's participation in the Bund; apprenticing to a tailor; working in Łódź; German invasion; returning home; daily forced labor; traveling with his sister to Łódź, Warsaw, then to Soviet-occupied Białystok; working in Vaŭkavysk until Germany invaded the Soviet Union; walking to Homelʹ; separation from his sister en route; traveling to Kazanʹ, Azerbaijan, Ekaterinburg, then Türkmenabat; draft into a Soviet labor battalion; slave labor in Ekaterinburg, Turkmenbashy, then Baku; working four years with no compensation; finding his sister through the Red Cross; their return to Łódź after the war; leaving in 1946 due to antisemitism; working in an UNRRA refugee camp in Frankfurt; assistance from the Joint; and emigration with his sister to the United States, with assistance from the International Rescue Committee. Mr. H. notes the deaths of his siblings, parents, and other relatives in the Holocaust.

H., Alexander, 1919-
Mahwah, N.J. : Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, 1996
Interview Date
March 13, 1996.
Soviet Union
Łódź (Poland)
Sompolno (Poland)
Warsaw (Poland)
Białystok (Poland)
Vaŭkavysk (Belarus)
Homelʹ (Belarus)
Kazanʹ (Russia)
Ekaterinburg (Russia)
Türkmenabat (Turkmenistan)
Turkmenbashy (Turkmenistan)
Baku (Azerbaijan)
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 H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3438). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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