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Oral history interview with Harry Alexander

Oral History | RG Number: RG-50.549.01.0001

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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.

Interviewee
Mr. Harry Alexander
Date
1995 October 11  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
4 sound cassettes (60 min.).