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Oral history interview with Harry Alexander

Oral History | RG Number: RG-50.030.0007

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Harry Alexander, born on July 12, 1921 in Leipzig, Germany, describes growing up in a family of seven children; his memories of Kristallnacht on November 9, 1938 and being imprisoned for a short period around this time; his mother bribing the guards for his release on the condition that he would leave the country; heading to Italy but getting caught while attempting to cross into France on the way; his internment in the Manosque concentration camp in France; escaping and joining the French resistance in the woods, where he was eventually caught and sent to a camp in Argelès-sur-Mer, France; his transfer by ship to the Djelfa concentration camp in Algeria in 1941; his liberation by the United States Army in 1942 but being left in the camp without relief; his release from the camp by the British Army five months later; joining the British Army to fight the Nazis; being assigned to Düsseldorf to interrogate Nazi prisoners; his discharge from the army one year later; and immigrating to the United States from England in 1946.

Interviewee
Mr. Harry Alexander
Interviewer
Linda G. Kuzmack
Date
1991 April 04  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
2 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
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