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Joil (Saul) Alpern transcript

 Collection — Box: Single Folder Collections - 2009 Box, Folder: 09.0037 - Folder 1
Identifier: 02-09.0037

Scope and Contents

Saul Alpern’s oral history transcript describes in detail his experiences growing up in Romania before World War II, the beginning of the war, listening to Adolf Hitler on the radio, life in labor camps, forced marches, hiding during the war, anti-Semitism, liberation, Zionist youth organizations, and his memoir.

Dates

  • Created: 1940-2009
  • Other: Date acquired: 02/27/2009

Creator

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Biographical or Historical Information

Joil (Saul) Alpern was born in Bukovina, Romania in 1930, one of four children to Isaac and Rosa Alpern. Saul and his family hid in the forests in mid-1941 after Bukovina was captured by the Axis powers. They were then sent to Czernowitz in Bessarabia, Transnistria, and Stepanki in the Ukraine. Saul returned to his hometown in 1944 and became a mine picker for the Russians until liberation.

Saul and his younger brother Avrum were the only survivors from his family. Saul wanted to reach Palestine and in 1946 traveled across Europe to Italy. There he joined Betar the Zionist youth organization in hopes of fighting against the British immigration laws. His brother Avrum was killed in 1948 fighting in the Israeli military. Unable to obtain funds, Saul settled temporarily in Winnipeg, Canada in 1948. He began a career in the cattle industry and met his future wife Ida Reiss in 1963. In 2001, he published his memoir No One Awaiting Me which described his childhood experiences during the war.

Extent

1 folders

Language of Materials

English

Source of Acquisition

Donated

Method of Acquisition

Oral history conducted by Erica Silbiger in Miami, Florida.

Title
Joil (Saul) Alpern transcript
Author
Julianna Witt
Date
09/06/2017
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Institute on WWII and the Human Experience Repository