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Oral history interview with Al Jaffee

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 2016.106.1 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0878

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    Oral history interview with Al Jaffee


    Interview Summary
    Al Jaffee, born March 13, 1921 in Savannah, Georgia, describes his parents who were both from Zarasai, Lithuania; his father Morris, who moved to Savannah to run a pawnshop; his mother Mildred, who moved to Savannah after his father; his three brothers Harry, Bernard, and David; his mother’s desire to return to Lithuania; his father losing his job; moving to Lithuania; the great contrast between life in Savannah and life in a rural Lithuania; how he found life exciting in Savannah but enjoyed the fishing, swimming, and other activities in Lithuania; not liking the cheder (Jewish school) as the teacher was a strict disciplinarian with a ruler; his mother getting him a tutor who he liked; his father taking the boys on trips to amusement parks where they obtained non-kosher food that they kept secret from his observant mother; his father teaching him to draw cartoons and how Al made it his profession later; his mother reading them English books when they were in Lithuania so they would not forget English; returning to the United States circa 1926 and living in Rockaway Beach, NY for a year; going back to Lithuania; leaving Lithuania in May 1933 along with his brothers and father; his father supporting them by working for the post office; how May 1933 was the last time he saw his mother; his brother Bernard, who attended the New York School for the Deaf during the week and came home on weekends; not knowing his mother’s fate but learning of the massacre of Zarasai Jews after the war; and a letter he has from his mother.
    Jaffee, Al
    Navazelskis, Ina
    interview:  2016 May 21
    creation: New York (N.Y.)

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    Jaffee, Al.

    Administrative Notes

    Ina Navazelskis, on behalf of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History Branch, conducted the oral history interview with Al Jaffee on May 21, 2016 in Washington, D.C.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this oral history interview has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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