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Oral history interview with Hadar ben Zion

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1272.58 | RG Number: RG-50.120.0058

Hadar ben Zion, born in Warsaw, Poland in 1936, describes his religious family; the walls of the Warsaw ghetto going up; experiencing hunger, food rationing, and seeing people lying on the street dead in the ghetto; how when he was about five or six, his sister would sneak him out of the ghetto, so they could go and sing in courtyards for money and food which they smuggled back to the ghetto; his older sister’s role as a nurse in the ghetto hospital; how she took him to stay at the hospital to save him the deportation that occurred the following day, during which his family was deported; how the hospital staff and his sister were taken away and he escaped the hospital; escaping the ghetto and meeting other Jewish children, with whom he started a life on the streets buying and selling newspapers, cigarettes, and staying overnight in different places; making his living riding on trains and singing; being liberated by Russians; and his memories riding in a Russian tank through the ruins of Warsaw.

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Hadar Ben Zion
Nathan Beyrak
interview:  1993 October 27
1 videocassette (U-Matic) : sound, color ; 3/4 in..
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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
Record last modified: 2023-11-16 08:14:43
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