Alexander Schleifer was born in Kosice, Czechoslovakia and grew up in Sobrance, Hungary where his father owned a bus concession. In 1944, Schleifer and his family were forced to move to Uzhorod, where they stayed for a month until they were transported to Auschwitz- Birkenau. In Auschwitz, Schleifer and his father were separated from the rest of the family. After a month in Auschwitz, they were transported to a labor camp in Longre, France. As the Allies closed in, Schleifer was moved to Kochendorf and then to Dachau, where his father died. In early April of 1945, Schleifer was sent to a town near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, where he was liberated. Alexander Schleifer moved to the United States in 1950.
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