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Oral history interview with Alexander Breuer

Oral History | Accession Number: 1991.264.3 | RG Number: RG-50.234.0003

Alexander Breuer (b. May 6, 1926) discusses his early life in Austria as an orthodox Jew; changes with the rise of the Nazis; escaping to Slovakia at the age of 12 to be with his grandparents; how his father was taken to Dachau the day after Kristallnacht; the differences between Austrian Jews and German Jews; his father’s release from Dachau; joining his parents in Vienna; immigrating to the United States in January 1940; joining the United States Army; assigned in France to the unit of intelligence reconnaissance; translating for his unit in Weimar; being led to Buchenwald by the mayor of Weimar, who was actually unaware of the conditions there; liberating the Buchenwald concentration camp; guarding captured German prisoners of war; encountering German citizens after the war; meeting children in Buchenwald; sharing his experiences of the Holocaust with his family; and his religious beliefs.


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Interviewee
Alexander Breuer
Date
interview:  1981 October
Language
English
Extent
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
 
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:35:50
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