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Oral history interview with Zvi Za'ira

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1272.174 | RG Number: RG-50.120.0174

Zvi Za'ira (né Herman Kline), born in 1928 in Szirma, Hungary, discusses his family life; pre-war antisemitism; schools in Szirma; his family wanting him to become a rabbi and being involved with Jewish cultural activities; life for Jews worsening in 1938; the Ukrainians ruling for 11 months with a platform of hatred to the Jews; life under the Czech regime; being taken to the ghetto in May 1944 in Szelicse (Za’ira states that it is an hour walk from Szirma); being sent to Auschwitz and his arrival there; transport to the Warsaw ghetto in a work detachment; walking to Kutno; transport to Dachau to camp number 7 (Kaufering VII or Erpfting Concentration camp); working in the nearby forest; his work disposing of bodies into an open mass grave; experiencing a crisis of belief; liberation; traveling to Pilsen (Czech Republic); going to Prague, Czechoslovakia (Czech Republic); returning to Szirma; and his immigration to Israel from Constanta, Romania, in January 1949.

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Zvi Za'ira
interview:  1992 April 01
5 videocassettes (U-Matic) : sound, color ; 3/4 in..
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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 19:53:21
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