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Oral history interview with Arnold Einhorn

Oral History | Accession Number: 1996.A.0463 | RG Number: RG-50.549.01.0020

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Arnold Einhorn, born May 1, 1923 in Antwerp, Belgium, describes growing up in a Jewish section of Antwerp; experiencing antisemitism in Belgium in the 1930s when two strong fascist groups emerged; the German invasion of Belgium and the bombing of Antwerp; fleeing to France with his family; being placed in an internment camp in Agde, France with other refugees; his family’s transfer to Rivesaltes; the liberation of Rivesaltes; going into hiding; becoming a part of the Jewish resistance; helping in the creation of false papers and finding shelter for Jews; crossing into Spain to set up contacts for the Resistance; his interment in several prisons and camps until he was released with the help of the American Joint Distribution Committee; relocating to Palestine where he joined the British Royal Army Service Corps; becoming involved with the Royal Army Medical Corps; fighting in Italy where he joined company 178 of the Jewish Brigade; helping smuggle out children out of concentration camps; his postwar reunion with his family in Belgium; studying medicine in France; the difficulties of being an adolescent during the war; arriving in the United States in the 1950s; becoming a chief resident at a hospital; meeting his wife; his decision to not share his wartime experiences with his children; his views on Palestine; and the long-term impact of the war and the Holocaust on his life.

Interviewee
Arnold H. Einhorn
Date
1996 August 24  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
3 sound cassettes (60 min.).