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Oral history interview with Ze'ev Drori

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1272.350 | RG Number: RG-50.120.0350

Ze'ev Drori, born in 1924 in Warsaw, Poland, discusses being the older of two brothers; living in a children's home organized by Janusz Korczak for two years when his father was ill; attending public school; cordial relations with non-Jews; attending a Polish scout camp in summer 1939; German invasion; returning home; ghettoization; working in a Korczak children's home; creating a puppet theater with friends; taking food to his parents; hiding during a round-up (his family and everyone in the children's home were deported); a factory job outside the ghetto; observing the ghetto burning during the uprising; transfer back to the ghetto; deportation to Majdanek; useless slave labor moving rocks; beatings; his belief he would not survive; transfer six months later to Skarżysko; slave labor in a tool factory; a Polish overseer giving him extra food and allowing him to rest when he was too weak to work; transfer to Czestochowa; abandonment by the Germans; walking to Warsaw; losing his will to live; a friend helping him; assistance from the Red Cross and a Jewish organization; working in a Jewish children's home; attending night school; antisemitic harassment by non-Jewish students; traveling with a Deror group to Czechoslovakia; immigration to Palestine by ship; interdiction by the British; incarceration on Cyprus for a year; fighting in the 1948 Arab-Israel war; marriage; the births of his children; and his belief that it is impossible for films to convey the brutality and horrendous conditions of the ghettos and camps.

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Ze'ev Drori
interview:  1998 May 28
6 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:29:22
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