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Oral history interview with Iosef Shapira

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1272.138 | RG Number: RG-50.120.0138

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

Iosef Shapira (Szpiro), born in Warsaw, Poland on August 28, 1930, describes his religious family; experiencing antisemitism; the outbreak of war in 1939 and the establishment of the Warsaw ghetto; life and actions in the Warsaw ghetto; his sisters' survival on the streets; actions in the ghetto; being caught and detained in jail of Jewish police in the ghetto; different smuggling operations by children (he is one of the group described in the book, The Cigarette Sellers of Three Crosses Square by Joseph Ziemian); those involved in cigarette trade; working for peasants; liberation by the Russians in September 1944; life in Jewish children's home in Lodz; going to a displaced persons camp in Germany; preparations for aliya to Palestine; traveling on the SS Theodor Herzl to Palestine but being caught by the British and sent to a camp in Cyprus; and the adjustment to life in Israel.

Interviewee
Iosef Shapira
Language
Hebrew
Extent
17 videocassettes (U-Matic) : sound, color ; 3/4 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
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Record last modified: 2018-07-11 15:48:49
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