Alexander A. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3635)
- Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1994
- Interview Date
- February 10, 1994.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Alexander A. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3635). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Alexander A., who was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1929, one of two children. He recounts his family's move to Otwock; antisemitic harassment; German invasion; moving to the Warsaw ghetto; his father's job as policeman; studying with a private tutor; participating in Hashomer Hatzair; his grandfather's death from starvation; his father placing his sister in a workshop to save her from deportation (he never saw her again); his father removing him and his mother from the Umschlagplatz several times after they had been rounded-up for deportation; his father weeping after round-ups; his father smuggling him to an uncle who was hiding on the Aryan side; his uncle's disappearance; unsuccessful attempts to return to the ghetto (he was captured and escaped several times); a non-Jew in a nearby village sheltering him, giving him a cross, teaching him Christian prayers, and providing Christian papers; walking east toward the Soviet front; a priest in Ostrów Mazowiecka turning him away; living in forests; several escapes from Poles who suspected he was a Jew; working on a farm near Białystok; liberation by Soviet troops; traveling to Babruĭsk, then Moscow; imprisonment for two months; transfer to an orphanage for Polish children in Zagorsk; joining an aunt in Uzbekistan; returning to Poland after the war; visiting the man who had assisted him; working for the Joint; visiting a Hashomer kibbutz; and emigration to Israel. Mr. A. notes his non-Jewish appearance and excellent Polish helped him survive, and seldom informing people his father was in the Warsaw ghetto Jewish police.