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Transcript of About Alexander
Alexander Kimel was a holocaust survivor. He was born in Podhajce, Galizia, on March 9th, 1877. In 1939, his hometown was occupied by the Red Army.
Alexander never spent time in a concentration camp but, he did witness and was the victim to many horrid sightings. He witnessed many cold-blooded killings daily.
Alexander wrote poems. "We weren't sure if we would live or die each day." Kimel said of the ghettos of Western Ukraine, Jews hid most of the time in makeshift homes or bunkers. "There was always danger. If they caught you, you were dead.
The Way Out
Alexander talked himself out of two close calls, avoiding being one of the 6 million Jews slaughtered. One of his fondest memories were his panics which were like a rush of adrenaline.
Alexander was sent by the Judenrat (the Jewish council) to build underground storage facilities. Alexander used a storage room, under a mound of cement, for shelter
After the liberation, he returned to school, in 1959, he emigrated to the U.S. He worked as an engineer when he came to the U.S.
Coming to the U.S.
Kimel said he learned that if God wanted a uniform world, he wouldn't have created a world of diversification with different people and religions.
After the Kaddish, Alexander and his group, slowly moved toward the ghetto. A kaddish is a prayer in the Jewish faith.
His Ghetto Experience Memories
He remembers life in the ghetto being dangerous and chaotic. "Life in ghetto was physically and emotionally draining." He says.
On March 21st, 1942, the ghetto was raided by Einsatzgruppen, and thirty-seven hundred Jews-men, women, and children- were driven to a ditch to be shot. He escaped the ghetto and hid in a nearby forest until the end of the occupation.