Archive/File: holocaust/france alderney.001 Last-Modified: 1995/02/13 "Inside the labour camps, conditions were savage: on the night of August 15 nearly a thousand French Jews, most of them born in Poland, were taken to a camp on the Channel Island of Alderney. One of the survivors of Alderney camp, Albert Eblagon, later recalled how the Jews, on reaching the port, were forced to run the two kilometers to the camp, 'while the German guards continuously stabbed into our backs with their bayonets while also kicking us all the time'. Eblagon added: There were many men among us over seventy years of age but nobody was spared. Work, hard physical work for twelve and fourteen hours a day, every day, building the fortifications. Every day there were beatings and people's bones were broken, their arms or their legs. People died from overwork. We were starved and worked to death, so many died from total exhaustion.<25> Hundreds of Jews died at Alderney, of exhaustion and ill treatment: 384 were buried in the camp itself, and many others dumped at sea. Among the names recorded on the few marked graves are Chayim Goldin, Robert Perlestein and Leib Becker, each of whom died in December 1943.<26>" (Gilbert, 598) <25> Solomon H. Steckoll, The Alderney Death Camp, London, 1982, pages 72, 93 <26> Goldin, 7 December 1943; Perlestein, 22 December 1943; Becker, 30 December, 1943; Alfred Herzka, letter to the author, 14 August, 1980. Work Cited Gilbert, Martin. The Holocaust: A History of the Jews of Europe during the Second World War. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1985.
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