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Oral history interview with Willi (Wolf) Akselrad

Oral History | Accession Number: 2011.265 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0645

Willi (Wolf) Akselrad, born in Paris, France on September 28, 1934, describes his family and his life before the war; his father’s participation in the Legion Etrangere during World War II; his father’s time in a Prisoner of War camp; the fearful times he and his mother endured during the war; the anti-Jewish laws that were adopted during the war; being forcibly evicted from his home by the French police; his and his mother’s time in Drancy; their transport to Bergen-Belsen; his experiences in Bergen-Belsen; being sent with his mother towards Theresienstadt; his liberation by the Russian Army at Tröbitz, Germany; his mother’s death from typhus; his time in a Home for the Children of Resistance Fighters in Ville-d’Avray, France; how an account of his experiences were incorporated into a series of brochures, "Enfantines;" being transferred to a home for Jewish children called “Le Vieux Phare” (The Old Lighthouse) in Malmaison, France; his immigration to Palestine; his occupation as a tailor; his involvement in the French Communist Party; and his post-war family life.

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Willi Akselrad
Peggy Frankston
interview:  2011 November 02
1 digital file : WAV.
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:24:14
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