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Oral history interview with Alex Odze

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 2006.70.31 | RG Number: RG-50.583.0031

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    Oral history interview with Alex Odze


    Interview Summary
    Alex Odze, born February 21, 1921 in Krasny-Brod, Czechoslovakia (Slovakia), discusses his family and educational background; the Jewish community in his town; becoming aware of what was happening in Germany in 1936; the beginning of restrictions on the Jewish community in 1936; being taken away in a cattle car to Majdanek during April 1942; working to dig ditches; volunteering to work on a farm and being sent to work on a farm at Auschwitz; the responses of non-Jews to Jewish persecution; working in the stables with horses and becoming the private horse-hand to the SS chief; getting special treatment from the SS chief; getting punished for throwing an apple to his sister; being thrown naked in the cold after a bath; how before the crematoria existed, there were fires in big ditches and almost every alive person from transports except the young people were thrown into them; the decision to clear out Auschwitz in January 1945; being taken on horse and in a cart for one week in a death march to Czechoslovakia; being transferred via train to Prague, Czech Republic and then to Mauthausen; being taken to Gunskirche in a cattle car without being given food for about ten days; being liberated by American soldiers after ten days in Gunskirche; getting food from an Austrian farmer; going back to Czechoslovakia to look for his family; going back to his hometown; realizing there was no place for him there; moving to Israel; and later moving to Australia.
    Alex Odze
    interview:  1990 May 23
    Credit Line
    Forms part of the Claims Conference International Holocaust Documentation Archive at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. This archive consists of documentation whose reproduction and/or acquisition was made possible with funding from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.

    Physical Details

    1 sound cassette.

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    There are no known restrictions on access to this material.
    Conditions on Use
    Permission must be obtained from the University of Sydney, Archive of Australian Judaica for any type of use other than research.

    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Odze, Alex, 1921-

    Administrative Notes

    The Australian Institute of Holocaust Studies conducted the interview with Alex Odze on May 23, 1990 for the Twelfth Hour Project. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum received a copy of the interview in April 2006 from the State Library of New South Wales where the collection is housed.
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