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Oral history interview with Harry Alexander

Oral History | Digitized | RG Number: RG-50.549.01.0001

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    Oral history interview with Harry Alexander


    Interview Summary
    Harry Alexander discusses fleeing from Germany to Italy during the Holocaust; being trapped in San Remo because neither Italy nor France would allow him entry; sneaking into France on an overcrowded fishing boat from which several passengers fell and drowned; being helped by resistance fighters in Nîmes, France; being arrested in Nice, France and then escaping from jail; being caught and taken to Algeria, first to a prison in Algiers then to the concentration camp in Djelfa, Algeria; spending two years at Djelfa where he was forced to work on the Trans-Saharan Railroad project; being liberated by the British in 1943; joining the British military, learning English, and training in military intelligence; tracking down war criminals in Europe; being discharged from the military and sent to England; moving to New York City in 1947; training to become a watchmaker; raising a family; returning to his hometown to see his childhood home and synagogue; searching unsuccessfully for his parents, brothers, and sisters; feeling that the world betrayed the Jewish people by not giving them refuge; and understanding how his experiences have shaped his worldview, the way he raised his children, and his religious beliefs.
    Mr. Harry Alexander
    Joe Richman
    interview:  1995 October 11

    Physical Details

    4 sound cassettes (60 min.).

    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Alexander, Harry, 1921-

    Administrative Notes

    The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum conducted the interview with Harry Alexander on October 11, 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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