Alexander White in Chicago, 1948
Alexander White was born in 1925 in a small town split between Czechoslovakia and Hungary. His father, like his grandfather before him, inherited the job of land manager of a large ranch where Alex and his family lived. In the 1930's, unjust laws targeting Jews were instituted in Alexander's small town, and his father lost his job. At age 15, with food supplies becoming scarce, Alexander left his family and fled to Budapest.
An excellent marksman and able to speak several languages, Alexander climbed the ranks of the Yugoslavian partisan unit, quickly becoming a commander. In charge of 69 men, Alexander and his unit searched local villages for Germans hiding in them. Through interrogations, Alexander and his men received important information that helped them ambush German troops. The local population often assisted Alexander's unit, as many disliked the presence of German soldiers in their village. Alexander's group would also shoot at German scouts sent to test the safety of the mountainous highways of the region. By intimidating the Germans into thinking there were guards protecting the highway, the unit prevented further German infiltration into the area.
Alexander remained with the Yugoslavian partisans for a year and returned to Budapest after liberation. Upon his return, Alexander learned that his family, including his parents, a brother and four sisters had perished in the Holocaust. Alexander moved to the United States and settled in the Los Angeles area.