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Aleksander Laks

Aleksander Laks
 

Aleksander Henryk Laks was born on 2nd August 1926 in Łódź. He was the only child of Jakub and Syma Laks. When the ghetto in Łódź was established, he was sent there with his family and remained there for four years, until it was closed in 1944. Later, he was transported with his father to Auschwitz concentration camp. Aleksander Laks survived the death march from the Gross Rosen Camp to Flossenbürg. Aleksander Laks was the sole survivor from a Polish family of over 60 people.

After the end of the war, he lived for two years in Frankfurt, in a displaced persons camp. In 1947 he left Europe for United States. Year later he came to Brazil, where his father’s sister had been living since the beginning of 1930s. He started working there as a furrier, and then as a seller. He married a Brazilian and had two sons.

In Brazil Aleksander Laks was the president of Sherit HaPleitá, a Brazilian association of Jews who survived the Nazi oppression. He wrote two books with his reminiscence from labour camps.

Aleksander Laks died on 21st July 2015 in Rio de Janeiro.


Interview by Aleksandra Pluta on 4th May 2015 in Rio de Janeiro.

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“We spoke Polish because I was in Poland, we were Poles”
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Swoop to the death camp
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“I was a Jew and I loved Poland”
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Factories of everything
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Work in the ghetto
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Sixty people. Nobody was left.
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Sold to the camp
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Christmas in Auschwitz
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