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Oral history interview with Edgar Aftergood

Oral History | Accession Number: 1989.345.1 | RG Number: RG-50.005.0001

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.

Edgar Aftergood, born in Berlin, Germany in 1923, describes his memories of the day Hitler came to power; his parents; studying music as a child; experiencing antisemitism; his parents moving the family back to Warsaw, Poland in 1934; life in Warsaw; the bombardment of Warsaw in 1939; his father being hit by a soldier; the creation of the ghetto and conditions there; living in a hospital with his family and seeing Dr. Janusz Korczak; his outspoken aunt, Dr. Anna Heller; having to report to work camps in 1942; playing music and being in a study group; concerts in the ghetto; going through a selection; his sister’s death; his father’s connections to people outside the ghetto; hiding out in an apartment on the other side of Warsaw in Bielany district; his father having a stroke; the Warsaw Uprising; fleeing the city and walking to Bioney (possibly Błonie); their interactions with the Germans; the Russians arriving in 1945; going to Lublin, Poland and then Lódz, Poland; attending a conservatory; his father’s death; going to Paris, France illegally; meeting his future wife; and immigrating to the United States.

Interviewee
Edgar Aftergood
Date
1983 March 05  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the University of California, Los Angeles