My personal thoughts about the holocaust

The morning of September 1, was a memorable one. After many tension filled days came the announcement over the radio that Germany had attacked Poland with an overwhelming military force.

My personal thoughts about the holocaust

The morning of September 1, was a memorable one. After many tension filled days came the announcement over the radio that Germany had attacked Poland with an overwhelming military force. The Polish army with its cavalry turned out to be no match for the German armored divisions, which were advancing rapidly.

We experienced a slight ray of hope when on September 3 England and then France declared war on Germany. We hoped that their superiority of arms would result in a quick end to the conflict and have Hitler down on his knees pleading for peace.

However, our hopes began fading rapidly when refugees that were jamming our roads told us that Warsaw, the capital of Poland, was surrounded and preparing to surrender. The Germans occupied our town on September 14, and began looting most businesses.

Our wine and liquor store was one of the first they cleaned out. They arrived with two trucks and confiscated all the merchandise, but did not physically harm anyone in our family.

On September 23 the Germans suddenly evacuated Hrubieszow and our town found itself under Russian occupation. This occupation turned out to be short-lived.

Hitler and Stalin had apparently concluded a pact agreeing to divide Poland between them.

My personal thoughts about the holocaust

The Russians would occupy the entire territory East of the Bug river and the Germans all the territory West. Since our town was located on the West side of the Bug, its fate was determined. After several days of Russian occupation, the Russians told us that they were leaving our town and that the Germans would be returning.

They urged the Jewish population to leave with them to towns East of the Bug river.

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Since our town was located only a few kilometers from the established, but not yet closely guarded border, some isolated avenues of escape still remained open. This was a very difficult decision to reach for most Jewish families. My immediate family, after a lot of soul searching, decided to remain -- especially when news reports began reaching us of the deplorable conditions the refugees in the Russian border towns were subjected to.

The towns became overcrowded and many of the newcomers were suffering from lack of food and no place with a roof over their heads. There were also instances where Jews attempting to cross the border were stopped by the Russian border guards and sent back. Even if we could have succeeded in crossing the border, my Parents were reluctant to leave behind a comfortable home and expose the family to all the hardships awaiting us as refugees in a nearby Russian border town.Back to Top Preface As a Holocaust survivor, I firmly believe I have a moral obligation to the six million that perished to recount my own experiences during that dark period of history.

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Back to Top Preface As a Holocaust survivor, I firmly believe I have a moral obligation to the six million that perished to recount my own .

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