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Oral history interview with Alan Golub

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

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).

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.
Alan Golub
Ina Navazelskis
interview:  2015 December 13
1 digital file : MPEG-4.
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:37:53
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