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Oral history interview with Arnold Einhorn

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

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    Oral history interview with Arnold Einhorn


    Interview Summary
    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.
    Arnold H. Einhorn
    Margaret West
    interview:  1996 August 24

    Physical Details

    3 sound cassettes (60 min.).

    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Einhorn, Arnold, 1923-

    Administrative Notes

    The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum conducted the oral history interview with Arnold Einhorn on August 24, 1996.
    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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