By Arek Hersh MBE
How do you live to tell the tale while you’re eleven years previous and your entire relations were taken from you and killed? How do you still reside, whilst every little thing round you is designed to make sure yes dying? Arek Hersh tells his tale easily and in truth, a relocating account of a bit boy who made his personal good fortune and survived. he is taking us into the tragic global imposed on him that robbed him of his youth. The intensity of the tragedy, energy of braveness and gear of survival will circulation you and encourage you. opposite to assertions that the Holocaust years have been an insignificant ‘detail of history’, Arek Hersh offers us a glimpse into the best disaster that guy has ever inflicted on his fellow guy.
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I watched them being marched into the prison, just like an army going through the prison gates. By this time, everybody was talking about the impending war. One day my father got his ‘calling up’ papers. He had served in the cavalry in the First World War, and thought that with his previous experience he would be sent to the front line. He was instructed to report to Kutno in two weeks’ time, and my mother naturally was very upset at the prospect of my father leaving us. However, despite our feelings, we all knew that he had to go; one cannot run away from one’s duty to one’s country.
This would have been taken to the Jewish baker early on Friday afternoon before the Sabbath; for a small payment, he would put the Cholent into his oven and cook it very slowly. The Cholent, eaten on Saturday, always tasted wonderful. On Saturday afternoons, if the weather was fine, the entire family - and many other Jewish families - would go to the park, where I would play with my friends or take a stroll with my parents down to the river Warta. All this was to leave a great impression on me - the family life, the sense of belonging, the customs, and the love we had for one another and for our neighbours.
For a while we were all still too frightened to emerge from the shelter of the trees as ammunition was still exploding all around us. Eventually my father ran to see if he could be of any assistance to the two soldiers who had come off their horses. He found, however, that one was already dead and the other could not move. My father gave him a drink of water and then ran towards the road, hoping to find some help. Ten minutes later he came back with two cavalrymen who had lost their horses in all the commotion.