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

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-941

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    Summary
    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.
    Locale
    Greece
    Thessalonikē
    Thessalonikē (Greece)
    Cite As
    Allegra and Henry A. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-941). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Kline, Dana L., interviewer.
    Katz, Barbara Hadley, interviewer.
    Notes
    Associated material: Henry A. Holocaust testimony (HVT-940), Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.

    Physical Details

    Language
    English
    Copies
    3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 29 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    False papers.
    Hiding.

    Administrative Notes

    Link to Yale University Library Catalog:
    http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/972024
    Record last modified:
    2018-05-29 11:47:00
    This page:
    https:​/​/collections.ushmm.org​/search​/catalog​/hvt972024

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