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Oral history interview with Alex Odze

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

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.

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.
Alex Odze
interview:  1990 May 23
1 sound cassette.
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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.
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