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Holocaust Survivor Testimony: Iris Mozzeri

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Published on Apr 4, 2012

Iris Mozzeri - born in 1932 in Benghazi, Libya, to the Habibs, a traditional family of Jewish dignitaries. Iris had four sisters and two brothers. In 1941, on Passover, an Italian pogrom in the town left much destruction. The Jews fled to shelter in the synagogue. Shortly afterwards, Iris's parents, along with other Jewish families, left Benghazi and via back roads reached the village of Qufiyya. In 1942, the Italian authorities entered the village and took the entire family on a five-day march to the Giado (Jadu) camp in the Libyan desert -- a place of unbearable hunger and thirst, onerous heat, and rampant typhus and other diseases. Iris's mother, Viola, her oldest brother, Haim, and two paternal uncles, Victor and Isaac, succumbed to the harsh conditions. One day, the camp prisoners were forced to stand in rows of five and wait for the camp commander to shoot them. After several hours, when they were faint from heat and hunger, the commander returned and informed them that Mussolini preferred to let them live because it was a pity to waste bullets on them. Iris and her brothers became seriously ill with typhus. They were not treated until the arrival of the British. They returned to Benghazi in the summer of 1943. In 1949, they secretly emigrated to Israel. Iris has two daughters and five granddaughters.

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