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Page 77 - Anne Blufarb's Second World War

Published by Ronald Caplan on 1997/6/1 (217 reads)

all?) Not since I lost my husband. The pain of losing him, that last was fresh in your (memory)... Like, I lived with my parents for 18 years or 19 years, and I lived with my husband for 40-some.... You feel that loss. It just paralyzed me. You know, when you lose all your family, it's like half of your life is cut away from you and the other half when you make your new life. (During the war, during those four years, did you have a boyfriend?) No. My father was very strict, he wouldn't let us go with nobody. Approximately two years we were under the Russians and my father would take me to work, my father would come bring me back. Some of the neigh? bours' girls who had boyfriends, they used to make fun and laugh at me. Say, "You're not going out with nobody, your father's going to marry you!" He wouldn't let us go out. He wouldn't let us go with anybody. (Then after he was killed?) After my fa? ther was killed...all we wanted to do was survive. Nobody was thinking about boy? friends at the time. At least I didn't...just thinking how to get a bit of food and get it to my mother and my sis? ters. Didn't think of men at all. The soldiers weren't allowed to speak to Jewish girls. Like, I was washing the steps once and a soldier asked me if I would go out with him. I said, "I'm Jew? ish." He ran down the steps like he had seen a ghost. He never asked me again. (So they were allowed to kill you, but they SPECIALIZING IN WEDDING AND FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS Your Prestige EferisT For Quality and Service i ASHBY' NURSERIES • ??i (1994) LTD. FRESH FLOWERS POTTED PLANTS SILK & DRIED FLOWERS AND PLANTS BALLOON ARRANGEMENTS weren't allowed to dance with you.) They weren't allowed to even associate with you. Well, they had their own barracks. We didn't have nothing, no contact with them until they came to kill.... (Tell me about the Jewish police then. There were Jewish police inside the ghet? to.) It's a shame to say. (I know. But it's a shame not to say, too.) The Jewish police were given assurances. If they worked with them and they helped to find people who were hiding, their families would be spared. We had neighbours. They had two children, a girl and a boy, and the boy became a po? liceman.... What they did is when it was less and less and less people, they didn't keep their word. Because they told them, "Look, if you be a policeman your family will be safe." But what they did, they sent the Jewish policeman to another city and, while they were away, whoever they caught from the policeman's family, they killed them anyway. So then the police (near) the end of it said, "Let's rebel. Let's fight the Ger? mans ." And they went from house to house asking to do what they did in Warsaw. (An? na is referring to the uprising of Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto.) But the Jewish people then said to them, "Who are we going to OcttcmJltnlidt'ld. Contractors Equipment Compressors Welders Drills, Saws Call: Lawn & Garden Equipment Tillers Sod Cutters Air Eators GLACE BAY General ' Engine Hoists Much More... Jacks Tow Bars 849-1616 South (Campbells Comer) - P.O. Box 265 Let Us Help You MEET with Success If practice makes perfect, then Holiday Inn is the perfect place for your next meeting. From small gather? ings to major conferences, our experienced staff will malte sure they go as planned and on budget. Put Your Next Meeting on The Fast Tracl< with... The 60-Second Meeting Planner Call Our Catering Department for Details 480 Kings Road ?A|A?? Sydney, NS ''' B1S1A8 Telephone: (902) 539-6750 Fax: (902) 539-2773 '' ';'oMcu3 '
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