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Surviving for a Century—a celebration of Joe Alexander
Surviving for a Century—a celebration of Joe Alexander

Sun, Nov 20


Holocaust Museum LA

Surviving for a Century—a celebration of Joe Alexander

Join us for this very special survivor talk on Joe Alexander’s 100th birthday.

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Nov 20, 2022, 3:00 PM PST

Holocaust Museum LA, 100 The Grove Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90036, USA


Joseph was born Idel Alexander in 1922 in Kowal, Poland. He and his five siblings enjoyed a comfortable and happy life before the war broke out in 1939. In late 1940, Joseph and his family were deported to the Warsaw Ghetto. Due to the horrible living conditions and impending danger, Joseph’s father bribed guards to let Joseph and two of his siblings escape. Joseph was eventually caught and sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau where the Nazis tattooed him with the number 142584. As part of the Nazis’ process of dehumanization, concentration camp prisoners were identified with numbers instead of names. He remained there until the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, when he was sent with other prisoners to clean up the burned-out ghetto. With the approaching allied armies and looming military defeat of Nazi Germany, Joseph was

sent westward on a death march to concentration camps in Germany and eventually  to Dachau. He was liberated by American troops in 1945. He immigrated to the United States in 1949, where he married and had two children.


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