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Oral history interview with Chaim Drori

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1272.336 | RG Number: RG-50.120.0336

Chaim Drori, born near Neresnica, Czechoslovakia in 1930, describes his observant family; his Zionist father, who was also a Communist; having three siblings and how only he and his sister Naomi survived the war; attending Ukrainian school and experiencing antisemitism; the anti-Jewish laws in his town; the difficulty of obtaining goods after the war began; being deported in 1944 to the ghetto in Mátészalka, Hungary; being deported to Birkenau; living in Camp Z, Block 21; witnessing suicides; being sent to Buchenwald; working in a camp for Brabag near the Zeiss factory; the Allied air raids and a successful bombing in August 1944; becoming ill and being sent to the ‘sick camp’ in Buchenwald; the evacuation of the camp and being hidden by the doctors with other sick children in the prostitute block of the camp; being liberated two weeks later and the role of Buchenwald’s underground resistance in liberation; searching for surviving relatives after the war; joining the Zionist youth movement Dror-Hechalutz and preparing to make Aliyah to Palestine; being intercepted during their journey by the British Navy and sent to Cyprus; living in a detention camp in Cyprus from February to September 1947; obtaining an official certificate to go to Palestine; arriving in Palestine and being sent to a processing camp in Atlit; living in Hadera and Hahotrim; studying agriculture and receiving a position in the kibbutz; being sent to Kenya and Zaire as an agricultural advisor; and his large family of both adopted and biological children.

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Chaim Drori
interview:  1998 February 05
10 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 09:29:20
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