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Oral history interview with Nava Shan

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

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.)

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Shan, Nava
interview:  1999 December 02
3 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 19:52:49
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