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Oral history interview with Dvorah Shifron

Oral History | Accession Number: 1991.A.0110.14 | RG Number: RG-50.266.0014

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

Dvorah Shifron (née Dosha Shafshewitz), born in Lódz, Poland, describes her father, Israel, who was an a tall, blond, blue-eyed, and quiet intellectual and was a managing accountant in a large plant; her mother, Lena, who was a member of WIZO; her sister; moving to Ozoruk, near Lódz; speaking Polish and Yiddish at home; the German invasion and hiding with her family in a cellar for a few days; her father fleeing to Warsaw and returning after the destruction of Warsaw; the restrictions placed on Jews; moving to the ghetto; the outbreak of typhus and other diseases; her mother being picked for a job because she was fluent in Polish, Russian, and German; being allowed to stay with her mother when her father was deported; witnessing of public hangings; being sent with her mother and sister to the Lódz ghetto; having to work; her mother making shoes while she learned to sew; her mother falling ill and dying; her uncle taking care of she and her sister; being deported to Auschwitz on cattle cars; arriving in the camp and the selections; the children being led to a separate barrack; the suicides in the camp; the Appels (roll calls); being selected for the gas chamber but escaping the line with her sister; being transferred to a labor camp in Germany; conditions in the labor camp; working as a messenger, running errands between offices; being helped by the commandant and the female German guards when she contracted chicken pox; being sent on a death march when the Soviet Army approached; arriving at Bergen-Belsen; getting sick and her sister contracting typhus; feeling they had to survive in order to tell the world; meeting Hadassah Rosensaft; being liberated by the British; being taken to a Kinderheim (orphanage) and being taken of by the Jewish Brigade; attending a school and their social activities; David Ben-Gurion coming to speak with them about going to Palestine; being sent to Blankenese, Germany the Marseille, France; sailing on the Champollion; being greeted by the local children in Alexandria, Egypt; arriving in Haifa, Israel; moving to ‘Atlit then Kiryat Anavim; life in the kibbutz and working in the orchards and fields; her education; being inducted into the army; serving in the signal corps on the front lines during the War of Independence; living in Savyon (suburb south of Tel Aviv); and her mother’s grave in Lódz.
The interviewee shares photographs of her family before the war, the group in Kiryat Anavim, and her mother's grave.

Interviewee
Dvorah Shifron
Interviewer
The Honorable Hadassah Rosensaft
Date
1991 October 27  (interview)
Language
Hebrew
Extent
2 videocassettes (U-Matic) : sound, color ; 3/4 in..
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 10:43:35
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