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Oral history interview with Zev Harel

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 2014.37.9 | RG Number: RG-50.765.0009

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    Oral history interview with Zev Harel


    Interview Summary
    Zev Harel (né Sarkas Herskovits), born in 1930 in Kis-Sikarlo, Transylvania, Hungary (possibly present day Cicârlău, Romania), describes how his grandfather was his hero; moving with his family to a nearby city when he was 10 years old; restrictions that were placed on Jews; spending the following four years working at forced manual labor; being sent with his family to a ghetto in 1944 and then to Auschwitz; remembering the stench of burning bodies; surviving the selection process by lying about his age; being sent to Mauthausen after a few days and then Ebensee; working in a quarry and also building an underground factory for military equipment; his daily routine in the camp and getting through each day; the liberation of Ebensee by American soldiers on May 5, 1945; suffering from Typhoid and collapsing in a ditch, but being picked up by an African-American soldier who drove him to a hospital in Linz, Austria; returning home and reuniting with his brother; going to a displaced persons camp in Germany; joining the Palestine Jewish Brigade and moving to Israel; fighting in the Israeli War of Independence; finishing his studies in Israel and the United States; getting married; earning his doctorate; and settling in Cleveland, OH.
    Zev Harel
    interview:  2005 April 12
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Congregation Shaarey Tikvah, Beachwood, Ohio

    Physical Details

    1 DVD : MPEG-4.

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Harel, Zev, 1930-

    Administrative Notes

    The interview was acquired by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2014 from Louise K. Freilich, on behalf of Congregation Shaarey Tikvah, Beachwood, Ohio.
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