Alvin G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3543)
- Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1993
- Interview Date
- May 6, 1993.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Alvin G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3543). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Alvin G., who was born in Kroměříž, Czechoslovakia (presently Czech Republic) in 1919, one of four children. He recalls a pleasant childhood; cordial relations with non-Jews; joining Makabi ha-tsaʻir at age ten and spending summers at their camps; becoming the leader in his town; completing gymnasium; studying carpentry; training and certification in Prague in industrial housing; studying architecture starting in 1938; spending the summer of 1939 at a hachsharah; anti-Jewish laws resulting in his expulsion from school; confiscation of his father's business; having to wear the star; teaching and living at the Prague Makabi ha-tsaʻir club; transport to Theresienstadt in November 1941 (he was instructed to volunteer by a Zionist leader); his assignment to prepare plans for prefabricated housing; delivering the plans to the Jewish head, Jacob Edelstein; observing delivery of structures in 1943 that were based on his plan; and remaining in Theresienstadt until May 1945.