By Morris Wyszogrod
During this memoir Morris Wyszogrod recounts his reports from the time of the Nazi invasion of Poland to the liberation of the Theresienstadt focus camp in 1945. He describes intimately the time he spent within the Warsaw Ghetto; his paintings as an artist for numerous Luftwaffe team of workers on the Warsaw army airport; his stories on the Budzyn focus camp, the place he used to be assigned to accessorize the residing quarters of the SS and to supply drawings at an orgiastic Oktoberfest; his removing to Plaszow, the place he was once positioned to paintings digging up mass graves and burning the our bodies to get rid of the facts of Nazi struggle crimes; his witnessing of the firebombing of Dresden in February 1945; and his next liberation at Theresienstadt via the purple military in may possibly 1945. simply as an artist may perhaps sign in what he or she sees opposed to a delicate visible and ethical template, so Wyszogrod doubly registered what he observed and felt, either in his drawings and in his thoughts.
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I remember when the Revisionist leader, Zev Jabotinsky, came to speak in WarsawI was about fourteen at the time. He gave a fiery speech, exhorting us to leave the diaspora and go to fight for our Jewish homeland. A number of our friends, including Izak Mandelbaum, the cabaret musician, did leave for Palestine. I also always assumed that my future would not be in Poland, that I would eventually make my way either to Palestine as well, or to America, to rejoin my uncle Mendel. Page 17 2 My parents' greatest desire was to make sure that we children got a good education.
People advised us to leave too, but we never did. We had no money. We had no place to go, no one in any villages to run to. In addition, although my father was influenced by socialist ideas, he did not altogether trust the Soviet Union. The memory of Russian pogroms was too strong. ) Finally, although people tried to convince me to run away with them, I would not leave my parents, and they did not believe things would get so bad that they should run away. They trusted their memories of the way the Germans had behaved during World War I.
For the most part, as I think back to the period between the outbreak of the war and the entry of the Germans into Warsaw, I remember the cooperation among the people in my neighborhood. People cooked together and shared their food. We too sometimes ate with neighbors who had some food to spare. When the British and the French entered the war a few days later, we thought it would be over very quickly. The happiness of the population was beyond description. But as the days passed, we came to realize that there would be no quick end to the war.