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Holocaust Survivor Testimony: Zipora Hasfari

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Published on Apr 4, 2012

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Following the invasion of Poland Zipora and her family were interned in the local ghetto. Anticipating the worst, she fled with her parents and seven brothers. Terrified of collaborators, the family hid in the forests. The youngest brother died and the father was murdered upon leaving the hideout to seek food for the family.
In the course of their wanderings, Zipora and her brothers took refuge with 19 non-Jewish families, who were later recognized as Righteous Among the Nations. At the war's end, Zipora's husband, Mordechai Hasfari, enlisted in the Russian army. He sent Jewish Soldiers equipped with documents and transit visas to Germany to provide aid to Jewish refugees. The Hasfaris gathered information as to the whereabouts of Jewish orphans who had escaped the Nazis, which was passed on to representatives of the Joint Distribution Committee and UNWRA.
The Hasfaris were sent by the Jewish Agency to a youth village at Lindenfels, where children were taught Hebrew and imbued with a love for Zionism, helping them to prepare for departure to Eretz Israel.
Despite Zipora's involvement with children, she initially had no desire to have any of her own. However, the need for Jewish continuity and survival eventually swayed her.

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