Nat Shaffir was six years old when a priest his family had known for nearly two decades betrayed them in November 1942—revealing them as Jews to the Fascist Iron Guard in Romania. With only four hours to pack their belongings, Nat’s family left their successful dairy farm and were relocated into a small apartment in a nearby town.
After his father was taken for forced labor, Nat fulfilled the promise he’d made him to take care of his mother and sisters. In order to help feed the family, Nat convinced a kerosene station attendant to let him help pump kerosene in return for extra kerosene to barter.
Learn about Nat’s experiences as a Jewish boy in Romania and how even after liberation, his family still faced antisemitism.
Nat Shaffir, Holocaust Survivor and Museum Volunteer
Bill Benson, Journalist and Host, First Person: Conversations with Holocaust Survivors
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First Person is a monthly hour-long discussion with a Holocaust survivor and is made possible through generous support from the Louis Franklin Smith Foundation, with additional funding from the Arlene and Daniel Fisher Foundation.