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Oral history interview with Alan Golub

Oral History | Accession Number: 2015.478.1 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0860

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.

Alan Golub (né Abraham Isaac Golubson), born on October 27, 1924 in Boston, Massachusetts, describes his parents who had migrated from Poland; his father, who was a shoe supplier and landlord; speaking Yiddish and English; attending Hebrew school; his family’s social life in an insular community; the antisemitism in Boston when he was growing up; how the Catholic children who lived nearby came to his neighborhood to beat up the Jewish children; graduating from public high school and being accepted into flight school in March 1943 and became a fighter pilot; going through primary, basic, and advanced fighter training and tactical reconnaissance; becoming a tactical reconnaissance pilot at age 19; flying at the end of 1944 from Manchester, NH to Valley, Wales, where he stayed a couple of days; being assigned to the Midlands of England near Liverpool and then to Paris, France; being assigned an airstrip in Belgium; the various types of missions they went on; flying a P-47 Thunderbolt airplane; his disappointments that they were not permitted to destroy the railroad tracks to concentration camps; arriving at Eschwege, Germany, where they found 30 Hungarian Jewish women who were cold and hungry left by the guards of a slave labor factory; obtaining food and cloth for the women; having a reunion with the women in 2015; being sent after the end of the war to Newport News, VA; entering the reserves and completing his service commitment after 11 years; getting married and having a child; and photographs from his time in the service (he shows these at the end of the interview).

Interviewee
Alan Golub
Interviewer
Ina Navazelskis
Date
2015 December 13  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
1 digital file : MPEG-4.