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Oral history interview with Nava Shan

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1995.A.1272.360 | RG Number: RG-50.120.0360

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    Oral history interview with Nava Shan


    Interview Summary
    Nava Shan, born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (now in Czech Republic), discusses being one of four daughters; her assimilated family (she did not know she was Jewish until implementation of Hitler's anti-Jewish laws); working as an actress from childhood; German invasion; working to support her family; her non-Jewish fiancé leaving her due to anti-Jewish laws; joining a Zionist organization and studying Hebrew despite her parents' disapproval; deportation to Theresienstadt; living in a Hechalutz home; acting in a theater directed by Gustav Schorsch (her mother watched her performances); directing children's plays; attending cabarets directed by Kurt Gerron; sham improvements for a Red Cross visit; her sister finding a mattress for her mother; deportation of her parents and sister; liberation by Soviet troops; six months quarantine; returning to Prague; reunion with her youngest sister (another sister also survived); performing again; and immigration to Israel in 1948. (She shows photographs and discusses the publication of her autobiography in Israel.)
    Nava Shan
    interview:  1999 December 02
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation

    Physical Details

    3 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..

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    Administrative Notes

    Nathan Beyrak, project director for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Oral History Branch, coordinated the interview with Nava Shan on December 2, 1999. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Archives received the tapes of the interview on August 31, 2001.
    Funding Note
    The production of this interview was made possible by Jeff and Toby Herr.
    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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