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Oral history interview with Talma Shpancer

Oral History | Accession Number: 1996.171.13 | RG Number: RG-50.427.0003

Talma Shpancer (née Rena Deutch), born in 1937 in Belgrade, Yugoslavia (now in Serbia), describes growing up in a middle-class family living comfortably in Belgrade; her father, Atso, who was born in Budapest, Hungary and worked as a traveling merchant in Serbia; the bombardment of Belgrade on April 16, 1941; fleeing with her family (her father, her mother Matilda Levi, and her younger sister Elvira) in her father’s car; going to Berschevitch (Beršići, Serbia), where her father arranged to stay in the house of a business connection, Shavitch; finding a better location in the house of the Shtokovitch family; not wearing yellow badges and moving freely about the village; how the villagers knew that the family was Jewish; the betrayal of the family in April 1942; the gendarmes entering the house and arresting her parents and sister; how Radmela, the 11‐year‐old daughter of the Shtokovitch family, followed her mother’s instructions and grabbed Rena and took her to another house and hid her under a bed; living with the Shtokovitch family until the end of the war; being taken by the Jewish Community of Belgrade to a Jewish orphanage; remaining there until 1949; learning that her parents and little sister were held in a Banitsa prison in Belgrade and executed in Yanitsa, Serbia on April 17, 1942; being taken with other Jewish orphans to Israel on the “Radnik” in 1949; being taken to Kibbutz Ma'barot and living there until 1953 when she was drafted into the Israeli Army; moving to Kibbutz Nahshon, where she met her husband (Avi Shpancer); her Polish husband’s story of survival; and visiting Berschevitch with her children.

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Shpancer, Talma
Almuli, Jasa
interview:  1996 June
creation: Thessalonike (Greece)
1 sound cassette : analog.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
Record last modified: 2022-06-24 20:10:42
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