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Eyewitness to History: Nat Shaffir


Nat Shaffir was born in 1936 in Iasi, Romania. In 1942, Nat’s family was identified to the authorities as Jewish by a local Catholic priest and forced to leave their large dairy farm. They were forced into the Socola neighborhood of Iasi, where they lived in cramped conditions with other families. When Nat’s father was taken for forced labor, Nat, not yet 8 years old, was put in charge of taking care of the family. His father returned in 1945 and the family eventually immigrated to Israel. 

This conversation has been edited in length for educational and classroom use. View the full First Person: Conversations with Holocaust Survivors program here.

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