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Oral history interview with Eliahu Yakira and Irena Yakira

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1989.67.57 | RG Number: RG-50.012.0057

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    Oral history interview with Eliahu Yakira and Irena Yakira


    Interview Summary
    Eliahu and Irena Yakira describe Irena’s work as a nurse in a hospital in Poland during the war; their decision to hide Jews; Eliahu’s work as the head of the hospital where Irena worked and the quota of Jewish doctors he was allowed to have in the hospital; hearing that all of the Jewish specialists were going to be killed; the murder of a Jewish family in hiding; meeting and getting married during the war and how Irena didn’t know Eliahu was Jewish at first; and emigrating from Poland at the end of 1945.
    Eliahu Yakira
    Irena Yakira
    Gay Block
    Malka Drucker
    interview:  1987 July 01

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    Oral histories.
    1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..

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    Gay Block
    Gay Block and Malka Drucker produced the interview with Eliahu and Irena Yakira on July 1, 1987 for their book "Rescuers: Portraits of Moral Courage in the Holocaust," Holmes & Meier, 1992, as well as their documentary film "They Risked Their Lives: Rescuers of the Holocaust." The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History Branch received the tapes of the interviews from Malka Drucker and Gay Block in March 1989.
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