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Oral history interview with Zvi Za'ira

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

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    Oral history interview with Zvi Za'ira


    Interview Summary
    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.
    Zvi Za'ira
    interview:  1992 April 01
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection

    Physical Details

    5 videocassettes (U-Matic) : sound, color ; 3/4 in..

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Za'ira, Zvi, 1928-

    Administrative Notes

    Nathan Beyrak conducted the interview with Zvi Za'ira in Israel on April 1, 1992, for the Israel Documentation Project. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Archives received the tapes of the interview by transfer from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History Dept. in February 1995.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this oral history interview has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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