Repository: Hope College - Joint Archives of Holland
The Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive
Title: Irving Altus Oral History
Interviewee: Altus, Irving
Description: An interview with Irving Altus, a Holocaust survivor, conducted by Bernie Kent. Irving Altus was born in 1920 in Czekanów, Poland. He was the middle child in a family consisting of his parents and five children, all of whom perished in the Holocaust. Following the German invasion of Poland in 1939, the Germans arrested Irving and sent him to various labor camps throughout Europe, including one in Königsberg, Germany. In 1942, he was sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau and assigned to an external labor kommando approximately 50 miles from the main camp. In 1945, he participated in a forced march towards Germany, eventually ending up at Theresienstadt. He was there one day before being liberated by the Soviet army. After the war, Mr. Altus returned briefly to his hometown and then relocated to Munich, Germany. He emigrated to the United States with his wife and son in 1949
Classification: Michigan -- Holland -- Business
Institutions -- Hope College Joint Archvies of Holland
Institutions -- The Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive
Holocaust survivors -- United States -- Interviews
Resource Type: Sound
Date Recorded: 1982-06-02
Release Flag: OK for Viewing
Audio/Video Format: 2 sound discs (ca. 117 min.)
Audio available at: (URI)
Transcript Format: 1 transcript (66 leaves col. map 29 cm.)
Transcript available at:
Interviewer: Kent, Bernie
Collection Name: Holocaust survivor oral histories
Collection Description: The Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive exists to maintain a collection of oral testimonies of those who survived the Holocaust and make these widely accessible for educational purposes. Through interlibrary loan, the Internet and community outreach, we make the oral testimonies and transcriptions available to researchers, students and the general public.
Oral History ID: b1261564x
Date Of Record Creation: 1969-12-31 19:00:00 (W3C-DTF)
Date Of Record Release: 1969-12-31 19:00:00
Additional Identifying #: OCLC# 52452306
Bibliographic Citation: Dearborn, Mich. : University of Michigan--Dearborn, c1982
Date Record Checked: 2007-07-23 (W3C-DTF)
Repository address: University of Dearborn, Michigan, The Mardigian Library, 4901 Evergreen Rd.
Date Last Modified: 2007-07-23 16:45:49 (W3C-DTF)
Repository city: Holland
Repository state: Michigan
Repository URL: (URI)
Contact Name: Jamie L. Wraight
Contact Email Address:

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