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Natan Shafir collection

Document | Digitized | Accession Number: 2006.337 | RG Number: RG-31.045

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    The collection contains a photocopy of a published book of Natan Shafir's letters, saved by his son. These letters span the brief period of July 1941 to May of 1942, and were sent by Natan Shafir to his family living in Chkalov. The collection also contains photocopies of the actual letters, telegrams, and postcards, some of which display Soviet war art. There are also three photocopies of newspaper clippings.
    inclusive:  1941-1922
    Credit Line
    Forms part of the Claims Conference International Holocaust Documentation Archive at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. This archive consists of documentation whose reproduction and/or acquisition was made possible with funding from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
    Collection Creator
    Natan Shafir
    Natan Aronovich Shafir was born in 1910 in the city of Detstvo, but his family moved to Odessa during his youth. He became a journalist, and moved to Kharkov, Ukraine as a young man. From there, he moved to Kiev, and married Ida Shneidermann in 1935. She was also a journalist, and worked for the popular children's journal "Periwinkle." One year later, they had a son, Yuri. Prior to the war, Natan Shafir worked as Secretary of the Communist Youth newspaper "Stalin's Tribe." In May of 1941, he enlisted in the Soviet Army as a Lieutenant in the Tank Corps, bound for the Western border. During this time, he also served as editor of the military newspaper "The Fighting Red Army." He was presumed killed a year later on May 23, 1942, during a battle around Kharkov. The last letter to his family is dated May 14, 1942.

    Physical Details

    168 digital images : TIFF ; 20.3 MB.
    1 folder
    System of Arrangement
    Organized in three main sections: photocopy of the book “Letters from the Front”; photocopies of the actual letters; followed by photocopies of newspaper articles.

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    This material can only be accessed in a Museum reading room or other on-campus viewing stations. No other access restrictions apply to this material.
    Conditions on Use
    Publication by a third party requires a formal approval of the Judaica Institute in Kiev, Ukraine. Publication requires a mandatory citation of the original source.

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    Administrative Notes

    Source of acquisition is the Center for the Studies of History and Culture of East European Jewry (Judaica Center) of the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy in Kyiv, Ukraine. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Archives received the photocopied collection via the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum International Archives Project in April 2006.
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