It was September 1, 1939 when the life of Al Langer drastically changed. The Germans invaded Poland and the persecution of the Jews soon began.
Al’s family was on the run to stay ahead of the advancing Germans. His parents contacted a Christian family who agreed to keep him as their own, for a price. Sometime in 1942 Alfred Langer became Stefan Lorek. From that point on Al’s life took on many twists and turns. While thousands of Jews were destined for death camps, Al’s journey took him to England, South America, Israel, and eventually to Sapulpa, Oklahoma.
Al worked for OTASCO for over twenty years and became active in the community joining Toastmasters International and volunteering as a docent at the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art. He also enjoyed writing stories, poems, and books.
Al tells his story to keep the memory of the Holocaust alive despite being haunted by the memory of his parents and what became of them.
Interview with Al Langer
Müllerhaus Legacy Website Team
Date Created: April 5, 2017
Date Published: March 29, 2018
Notes: Recorded by John Erling in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Digital Audio Sound Recording, Non-Music.
Tags: Holocaust, Auschwitz, Race Riot, Israeli Army, Russia, La Paz, Bolivia, Jews, Catholic, Sapulpa, Germany, Paris, Nazis, Hitler, World War II (WWII), Kindertransport, Poland