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Oral history interview with Iosef Shapira

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

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    Oral history interview with Iosef Shapira


    Interview Summary
    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 Łódź; 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.
    Iosef Shapira
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection

    Physical Details

    17 videocassettes (U-Matic) : sound, color ; 3/4 in..

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    Personal Name
    Shapira, Iosef, 1930-

    Administrative Notes

    Nathan Beyrak conducted the interview with Iosef Shapira in Israel for the Israel Documentation Project. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Archives received the tapes of the interview by transfer from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History Dept. in February 1995.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this oral history interview has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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