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Oral history interview with Rebecca Tzoar

Oral History | Accession Number: 2018.300.1 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0974

Rebecca Tzoar (née Rena Weidenfeld), born on August 15, 1933 in Sambor, Poland (now Sambir, Ukraine), discusses the German attack on Poland on September 1, 1939; the Soviet occupation of Sambor; being sent to a sanatorium in the Carpathian Mountains for fresh air; the German invasion in the summer of 1941; being evacuated with the other children to Kiev, Ukraine, where she stayed for four days; being taken to another sanatorium near Kuybyshev (now Samara, Russia); being taken later to a collective farm in the same area, where she was housed with disabled Polish adults; the difficult conditions for the children; experiencing hunger and sleeping on straw on the ground; the funding of the farm by the Polish government in exile; remaining there until 1946; learning from a Christian girl in 1943 that her family had been killed in Sambor; returning to Poland, where she was housed in a convent; asking that a Jewish agency be told about her; a person pretending to be her relative and taking her to a Jewish children’s home in Silesia; and eventually immigrating to Israel.

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Rebecca Tzoar
Ina Navazelskis
interview:  2018 June 27
creation: West Orange (N.J.)
1 digital file : MP4.
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:55:17
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