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Page 71 - Anne Blufarb's Second World War

Published by Ronald Caplan on 1997/6/1 (201 reads)

But we did whatever we could. (You have to get ten men?) Ten men. But we couldn't get ten men. But we still, whoever came in from the family, they said the daily prayers. And then the time became more difficult and difficult every day. There was very little to eat. They used to give us ra? tioned bread. Very little. Everybody had a little bit of food in the house. When they'd run out, there was hunger. We tried to buy food from the Polish people or Ukrainian people. They used to come in through the fence and they used to sell-- if you had enough money or if you had something for exchange, they would bring you bread or milk or whatever. At a later date the German police wouldn't allow it, they used to watch all those places. I remember I couldn't stand staying home. I went to my aunt's. She lived in a dif? ferent part of the city--that was before they made the ghetto. She lived in a dis? trict that was mostly Christian people, where we lived in a district that was mostly Jewish people. I was so afraid I couldn't stay there. There was a small synagogue there, and a big synagogue there--and the people went to pray to God. The Germans came in, they locked the doors, they put kerosene around the build- The beauty of our differences begins with our right to belong. Central Office: Lord Nelson Building 7th Floor, 5675 Spring Garden Road P.O. Box 2221, Halifax, NS B3J 3C4 Tel: (902) 424-4111 • Fax:(902)424-0596 Cape Breton Office: Provincial Building 1st Floor, 360 Prince Street Sydney, NS BIP 5L1 Tel: (902) 563-2140 • Fax:(902)563-5613 • Other Regional Offices in Digby and New Glasgow • The Nova Scotia Human Rights Connmission investigates complaints of discrimination, provides information and education, promotes positive race relations and affirmative action, conducts research and liaises with community groups and organizations to help build a better Nova Scotia. Human Rights Commission Honourable Alan Mitchell, Minister Wayne MacKay, Executive Director CO-OP SERVICE STATION Kerosene Available Exhaust Repairs Complete Brake Service Motor Vehicle Inspection Minor Repairs Lut'e • Oil • Greases Top Quality Low, Gasoline... 562-2315 ''w Prices 503 PRINCE ST.~SYDNEY, N. S. ing, and they set it afire. And people who tried to escape, they shot. Shot. I went to work for the Germans. They got all the younger people to wash their dirty clothes. They were stationed in our school; we used to go to school there. In the basement we washed clothes. And there was no washing machines or things like that. But they had big kettles. They used to like to boil their clothes after you washed them. And then they had big tables and brushes and we used to scrub the clothes on those tables. And then rinse them and ring them and hang them out. And that was the good times, because there was a big kettle that we used to cook the food for the soldiers--one pot: big, big pot--and we used to go get a little bowl of soup. We'd get the same soup that the soldiers were getting. I was able to bring some food home. That was the good times. Then they changed it. Then they took Polish girls, Ukrainian girls to do their work. I "The Inn with the View" '"' "OxjudlfL Cove Irm, CANADA SELEQ B On the Cabot Trail IVIargaree Harbour Nova Scotia BOE 2B0 Phone (902) 235-2658 1-800-565-9993 Fax (902) 235-2592 Licensed Air Conditio Dining Roc fresh seafoc Ideal vacat headquarte on Cape Bre Relaxed atmos Your Host The Laurent GILLIS iSbmecare ??Mi BUILDING CENTREHH wmm'i THAT NEW HOME CALL US FOR AN ESTIMATE FLOOR h ROOF TRUSSES KINGS ROAD, SYDNEY RIVER 539-0738 HOMES msjd ' Complete Home Packages Cottages • Garages Contact Darren Wilcox: 539-0738 71
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