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Life Before The War

Alex Chevion

Language: English

Alex recalls listening to Adolf Hitler's radio addresses before the war. He remembers how Polish Jews living in Germany were expelled from the country.

Gender: Male
DOB: Jul 21, 1924
City of birth: Tarnów
Country of birth: Poland
Ghettos: Tarnów (Poland)
Went into hiding: Yes
Other experiences: prisons, concealment of Jewish identity

 

  • Alex Chevion

    Language: English

    Alex recalls listening to Adolf Hitler's radio addresses before the war. He remembers how Polish Jews living in Germany were expelled from the country.

    Gender: Male
    DOB: Jul 21, 1924
    City of birth: Tarnów
    Country of birth: Poland
    Ghettos: Tarnów (Poland)
    Went into hiding: Yes
    Other experiences: prisons, concealment of Jewish identity

     

  • Steve Lewkowicz

    Language: English

    Steve recalls how Jewish kids were harassed at school and Polish kids and Jewish kids played separately.

    Gender: Male
    DOB: Dec 2, 1925
    City of birth: Boleslawiec
    Country of birth: Poland
    Camps: Auschwitz (Poland), Buchenwald (Germany), Dreetz (Germany), Neudachs (Jaworzno, Poland)
    Went into hiding: Yes
    Forced (death) marches: Yes
    Other experiences: displaced persons camps

     

  • Margaret Lambert

    Language: English

    Margaret Lambert speaks about her childhood and relationship with her immediate family in pre-war Germany. She discusses her Jewish identity.

    Gender: Female
    DOB: April 12, 1914
    City of Birth: Laupheim (Germany)
    Country of Birth: Germany
    Ghettos: N/A
    Went into hiding: No
    Other experiences: N/A

     

  • "Concentration Camps" or "Labor Camps" were facilities in which people were incarcerated on the basis of their political and/or religious beliefs or ethnicity, usually without regard to due process.

  • This theme focuses on how the Nazis forced large numbers of Jews into restricted housing areas, often enforced with walls, fences, and/or guard towers. Movement in and out of the ghettos was strictly controlled and violation was punishable by death.

  • These testimony segments focus on physical concealment (as an individual or part of a family) to avoid ghettoization, incarceration, deporation, or other forms of persecution

  • These testimony segments focus on descriptions of home life, family events, religious observances, and education before the occurrence of genocide.

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