April 17, 2024
Holocaust Survivor Alexander Karp | Jewish-American Heritage Month | USC Shoah Foundation

Holocaust Survivor Alexander Karp | Jewish-American Heritage Month | USC Shoah Foundation

Holocaust Survivor Alexander Karp | Jewish-American Heritage Month | USC Shoah Foundation

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Holocaust Survivor Alexander Karp | Jewish-American Heritage Month | USC Shoah Foundation

Alexander Karp was born in Nyirmada, Hungary in 1925. He survived the Kisvarda ghetto, Auschwitz II-Birkenau death camp, Dachau concentration camp, Kochendorf concentration camp, and Longwy-Thil concentration camp. He was liberated by United States armed forces.

Alexander helped found the Zekelman Holocaust Center near Detroit and the University of Michigan-Dearborn Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive. The Zekelman Holocaust Center recorded more than 1,000 Holocaust survivor testimonies, which USC Shoah Foundation digitized, indexed, and preserved in the Visual History Archive.

Alexander’s testimony was recorded in 1996.

May is Jewish American Heritage Month, an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the innumerable contributions Jewish people have made to American life for over 350 years.

The idea for an annual commemoration of Jewish Americans originated with President Jimmy Carter, who in 1979 established a Jewish Heritage Week. In 2006, Congress unanimously passed a resolution expanding the tribute to encompass the entire month of May.

The celebration of Jewish American Heritage Month coincides with the anniversary of the arrival of the first Jewish immigrants in North America in 1654.

In the time since 23 Sephardic Jews disembarked in New Amsterdam (now New York City), Jewish Americans have added to American society in every conceivable way—be it as Supreme Court Justices, members of Congress, in military service or as leaders in business, academia and the arts.

USC Shoah Foundation’s Visual History Archive contains more than 52,000 testimonies from survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust. In this first of three installments, we celebrate Jewish American Heritage Month by sharing the testimonies of Jewish Americans who embody the vibrant and diverse culture that has immeasurably enriched us all.

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