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Oral history interview with Zvi Dov Slanger

Oral History | Accession Number: 2017.220.1 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0941

Rabbi Zvi Dov Slanger (born Robert Irving, 1934-2018) was born on April 23, 1934 in Budapest, Hungary to Emily and Abraham Yiskor Slanger (b. 1901). He had an older brother, Moishe Chai or Lazlo, born December 2, 1931, who lived in Old Jerusalem as the spiritual leader of a Yeshiva, and a younger brother, Gustav Yaakov, born March 27, 1936, who was the author of books of rules on agriculture. He had a third brother, Dovid Mayer, born in January 1946 in Israel after the war. Slanger discusses his family being observant and speaking Hungarian and German at home; his father operating a textile factory owned by Emily’s family; living in a mixed neighborhood near a synagogue; attending a Jewish school in the 7th District until the German occupation in 1944; his father avoiding forced labor because of a medical exemption; losing their factory and making plans to flee Budapest; the family fleeing to Switzerland by a train arranged by Rezso Kasztner on June 30, 1944 with the eventual goal of going to Spain; getting sent to Bergen-Belsen; conditions in the concentration camp; getting released in December 1944 to go to Switzerland; staying in a kosher hotel in the mountains near Montreux; going to Israel in September 1945; being placed in a children’s home near Haifa with his older brother; his father opening a factory to dye wool and buying an apartment in Bene Beraḳ; completing 8th grade at age 15 and attending a yeshiva; immigrating to the United States and becoming the spiritual leader of a yeshiva from 1962-1965; his son Elya, and daughters Shoshana, Miriam and Gila. After the interview, several items are filmed: 1) The yellow star that his mother made and sewed to his shirt that he was required to wear when he went outside, 2) His discount ticket (as immigrant child) for a train to Spiez, Switzerland from Bern on July 27, 1945, 3) His birth certificate from Budapest with no photo, and 4) Photo taken in ’42 of the three brothers.


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Interviewee
Slanger, Rabbi Zvi Dov
Interviewer
Navazelskis, Ina
Date
interview:  2017 July 18
Geography
creation: Washington (D.C.)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
1 digital file : MPEG-4.
 
Record last modified: 2022-06-24 20:16:47
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