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Oral history interview with Alizah Baruch

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1995.A.1272.7 | RG Number: RG-50.120.0007

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    Oral history interview with Alizah Baruch


    Interview Summary
    Alizah Barukh (née Zarfati), born in 1928 in Salonika, Greece, discusses her family; war with Italy breaking out in 1940; the lack of antisemitism before the war; changing attitudes when the German occupation began in June 1941; wearing the yellow star of David; forced labor; being deported to Auschwitz in March 1943; learning of her family’s fate in the gas chambers; her experience in Auschwitz as part of Mengele's radiation experiments; performing forced labor in the UNION ammunition factory; being sent to Camp Malchow; being ordered to march on May 1, 1945 but instead finding chaos and the retreat of the Germans; how she and others were protected by liberated POWs and stayed with German families for two and a half months; the arrival of Russian forces; returning to Greece; immigrating to Palestine with the help of the Jewish Brigade; traveling by illegal boat to Atlit, Israel; settling in Haifa, Israel and being reunited with family; and having a family of her own in Israel.
    Alizah Barukh
    Nathan Beyrak
    interview:  1992 June 17
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection

    Physical Details

    Oral histories.
    6 videocassettes (U-Matic) : sound, color ; 3/4 in..

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    Nathan Beyrak conducted the interview with Alizah Baruch in Israel on June 17, 1992, for the Israel Documentation Project. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Archives received the tapes of the interview by transfer from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History Branch in February 1995.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this oral history interview has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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