Alexander Larys oral history interview

Material Information

Alexander Larys oral history interview
Series Title:
Holocaust survivors oral history project
Uniform Title:
Holocaust & genocide studies oral history projects
Larys, Alexander, 1939-
Klein, Ellen Wilson, 1969-
Florida Holocaust Museum
University of South Florida Libraries -- Holocaust & Genocide Studies Center
University of South Florida -- Library. -- Special & Digital Collections. -- Oral History Program
Place of Publication:
Tampa, Fla
University of South Florida Tampa Library
Publication Date:
Physical Description:
1 sound file (45 min.) : digital, MPEG4 file + ;


Subjects / Keywords:
Concentration camps -- History -- Germany ( lcsh )
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Personal narratives -- Poland ( lcsh )
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Personal narratives -- Germany ( lcsh )
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Personal narratives ( lcsh )
Jewish children in the Holocaust ( lcsh )
World War, 1939-1945 -- Jews -- Rescue ( lcsh )
Holocaust survivors -- Florida ( lcsh )
Holocaust survivors -- Interviews ( lcsh )
Genocide ( lcsh )
Crimes against humanity ( lcsh )
Oral history. ( local )
Online audio. ( local )
interview ( marcgt )
Oral history ( local )
Online audio ( local )


Oral history interview with Holocaust survivor Alexander Larys. Larys was born in Krakow, Poland, in 1939. Larys and his parents were deported to the Bochnia ghetto in 1940, where his father forged papers saying they were citizens of Argentina. This allowed them to go back to Krakow when Bochnia's ghetto was liquidated in 1942. They ended up in Bergen-Belsen's Star Compound. When the Nazis started moving prisoners from Bergen-Belsen in 1945, the Larys family was part of a group taken by train towards Magdeburg and were liberated by the American 30th Infantry Division. After the war they lived in Belgium for several years, then went to Israel in 1950, and immigrated to the United States in 1954. As an adult, Larys frequently visited Israel, sometimes for extended periods of a year or more, and was in the Israel Defense Forces. In 2009 he was reunited with one of the 30th Division soldiers who liberated the train, and he has participated in several reunions and events related to the train.
Interview conducted March 15, 2011.
Statement of Responsibility:
interviewed by Ellen Klein.

Record Information

Source Institution:
University of South Florida Library
Holding Location:
University of South Florida
Rights Management:
All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier:
028782009 ( ALEPH )
731179063 ( OCLC )
F60-00051 ( USFLDC DOI )
f60.51 ( USFLDC Handle )

USFLDC Membership

Holocaust Survivors Oral History Project

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