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Oral history interview with Clea Shiffer

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1272.280 | RG Number: RG-50.120.0280

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.

Clea Shiffer, born in Germany, describes being the oldest of four children of Polish émigrés; her family moving to Belgium when she was an infant; attending school; working at age 14 to help support her family; joining the Bund; her father's arrest for debt resulting in his deportation to Germany; obtaining money to secure his return; the German invasion; one brother hiding in a monastery; anti-Jewish restrictions; her marriage in 1942; obtaining false papers; her sister's deportation; bribing officials to free an underground member from the Gestapo; her father's round-up and deportation; arrest and deportation to Malines with her husband; life in the camp for three months; reunion with her father; the camp underground preparing escapes from deportation trains; being deported with her father and husband; jumping from the train with her husband (her father was too ill to jump); receiving assistance from a priest; traveling to Liège, Belgium; returning to Brussels, Belgium with assistance from the underground; joining her mother and brother in hiding; aborting a pregnancy; one brother's flight to Switzerland; moving to Charleroi, Belgium with her husband and mother; working for an underground newspaper; visiting her brother in the monastery; liberation; returning to Brussels; the birth and premature death of her child; her brother's return; immigrating to Uruguay, then Brazil; participating in Wizo; immigrating to Israel, and the births of two daughters; her relief upon learning from a chance meeting with a woman who had been on their deportation train that her father had died on the train; testifying at a war crimes trial in Germany; and writing a book.

Interviewee
Clea Shiffer
Date
1995 November 16  (interview)
Language
Hebrew
Extent
5 videocassettes (U-Matic) : sound, color ; 3/4 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
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