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Alvin G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3543)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3543

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.

G., Alvin, 1919-
Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1993
Interview Date
May 6, 1993.
Kroměříž (Czech Republic)
Prague (Czech Republic)
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.