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Oral history interview with Zahavah Shamir

Oral History | Accession Number: 1991.A.0110.12 | RG Number: RG-50.266.0012

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

Zahavah Shamir (née Genia Rotenberg), born 1930 in Lódz, Poland, describes her father Zvi Hersh; her brother; the mood in Lódz; the German invasion and not being allowed to attend school; his grandfather being taken and tortured; her grandparents taking her brother and crossing the border into Russia; moving to Warsaw, Poland with her parents; seeing dead bodies in the streets; the hunger and diseases in the ghetto; escaping with two friends and staying with her family’s friends outside the ghetto; being treated badly; seeing the Warsaw uprising; going to the ghetto to find her family; her family escaping to Piotkvo; her mother disappearing when she went out to get food one day and her death in October 1942; working in the ghetto as a carpenter for a firm (Dietrich and Fisher); her father being sent to the men’s camp in Ravensbrück; dressing up as a man and going with her father; hiding in bed when the men went out to work; working in the kitchen; being transported to Bergen-Belsen; meeting Hadassah Rosensaft, who took her to the children's house; the end of the war and the arrival of the Jewish Brigade; her mixed emotions; being taken to a Kinderheim (orphanage); her father’s arrival; being taken to Blankenese, Germany; their education and social life; going to Israel on the Champollion; living in Kiryat Anavim; her education and work; her father arriving in 1946; the War of Independence; attending nursing school and working in a hospital; her father testifying in Germany; getting married to a Sabra in 1951; and her three children.

Interviewee
Zahavah Shamir
Interviewer
The Honorable Hadassah Rosensaft
Date
1991 October 27  (interview)
Language
Hebrew
Extent
1 videocassette (U-Matic) : sound, color ; 3/4 in..
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