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Allegra and Henry A. Holocaust testimony (HVT-941) interviewed by Dana L. Kline and Barbara Hadley Katz

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-941

Videotape testimony of Allegra A., who was born in Salonika, Greece in 1910, and her husband Henry, who joins her for the last half hour. She recounts her youth as the oldest of seven children in an observant family; education in a French Jewish school; apprenticing as a seamstress; working in her family's textile dyeing plant; her arranged courtship and marriage; extensive volunteer work for the Jewish National Fund; the birth of her son in 1939; and escaping Italian air raids in 1940. She recalls the arrival of German troops; anti-Jewish measures; persuading her husband not to register for forced labor; going into hiding with him and her son; using a Christian name to obtain false papers; attending Greek Orthodox services; and posing as an Albanian relative of one of her protectors. Mrs. A. describes her dreams which presaged wartime experiences; visiting a fortune teller who foretold the deaths of deported relatives; interceding with the postwar authorities for one of her protectors who had been arrested as a "collaborator"; and reclaiming her family's business after the war.

Author/Creator
A., Allegra, 1910-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1987
Interview Date
October 9, 1987.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Allegra and Henry A. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-941). 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/972024
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