Nat Shaffir was nearly six years old when a priest his family had known for almost two decades betrayed them in November 1942, identifying them as Jews to the Romanian authorities. With only four hours to pack some of their belongings, Nat’s family was relocated from their successful dairy farm to a small apartment in a nearby city.
In order to help feed the family, Nat convinced a kerosene station attendant to let him work in return for extra kerosene to barter. After his father was taken for forced labor, Nat fulfilled the promise he’d made him to take care of his mother and sisters.
Learn about Nat’s experiences as a Jewish boy in Romania and how, even after the end of World War II, 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.