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Oral history interview with Channa Drori

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1272.328 | RG Number: RG-50.120.0328

Channa Drori (née Polakova), born in Prague, Czech Republic on November 4, 1931, describes the farms that her family owned and managed in Olbramovice, Czechoslovakia (Czech Republic) before the war; how her family did not observe any of the Jewish holidays; her parents’ divorce when she was a small child; her family deciding not to flee the country and her father putting the farms under a fictitious non-Jewish name and losing their farm; living with her mother in Prague; attending third grade until it was prohibited for the Jews to study in public schools; her teacher continuing to teach Channa and four other Jewish children in her own home; the antisemitism of children in Prague; the introduction of the yellow star; preparations for the deportation to Terezin, Czech Republic; being deported to Terezin on July 16, 1942; reuniting with her father in Terezin; the living conditions in the “Hamburg” block, room 104; the scarlet fever epidemic; daily life and the hospital; participating in Brundibar, a children’s choir; education and the other children in the ghetto; children from Bialystok arriving in Terezin and being gassed to death; the ghetto being beautified in preparation for the Red Cross visit; remaining in the ghetto after her father was transferred to the east; going to Auschwitz after the Red Cross inspection; her transfer to an ammunitions factory in Ederdam; all the prisoners being put on open trains in the direction of Mauthausen in April 1945 and returning to Terezin; her contraction of typhoid fever in 1944; returning to her village after the ghetto’s liberation; learning that she was the sole survivor of her family; immigrating to Israel, where she joined a kibbutz; and her new life in Israel.

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Channa Drori
interview:  1998 January 06
8 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:45:55
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