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Oral history interview with Chaim Chacham

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1272.358 | RG Number: RG-50.120.0358

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Chaim Chacham, born in 1935 in Iași, Romania, recounts growing up in an affluent family; his father's prominence in the Jewish community and presidency of Mizrahi; his father's arrest in 1940; hiding with his mother and older sister in his father's factory during a mass killing the following day; searching for him among the corpses on the street; his return a few days later; increased antisemitic restrictions and violence, including a public beating of his father; the remaining Jewish community caring for each other; liberation by Soviet troops; fleeing to Bucharest; immigration with his family to Israel in 1950; being greeted in Haifa by Yosef Burg; learning from his father after the war that he had bribed German officials to improve conditions in the Jewish community and brought orphans and others to Israel; his son's reluctance to believe his stories; and traveling to Iași with him, which revived traumatic memories.

Interviewee
Chaim Chacham
Date
1999 November 18  (interview)
Language
Hebrew
Extent
2 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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Record last modified: 2018-07-11 15:49:23
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