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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

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

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.

Interviewee
Ze'ev Drori
Date
1998 May 28  (interview)
Language
Hebrew
Extent
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
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