By Deborah E. Lipstadt
Publish 12 months note: First released 1985
This such a lot entire learn so far of yank press reactions to the Holocaust units forth in ample aspect how the click national performed down or perhaps missed experiences of Jewish persecutions over a twelve-year interval.
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The building collapsed on all those who were standing with me in the entry hall. I found myself thrown in the air and falling on people as others fell on me. I kept on saying the prayer: Shema yisrael adonai elohainu adonai echad [Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One—the defining prayer of Judaism, which is also associated with Jewish martyrdom]. I don’t know how long I lay there, but I suddenly had the thought that I must get back to my children. The path to the exit was blocked by the dead, wounded, and by debris.
We woke up on the morning of September to an unusual quiet. No bombs or shells were exploding around us. Miecio went out to the balcony and in great panic called us to join him. Now we could see the reason for the silence. German soldiers were marching in straight lines in the middle of the road. It was the first time I heard the sound of their boots hitting the ground. This rhythm would accompany me for the next five and a half years. The following day I went with my mother and brother to fetch some water.
Our cleaning lady reappeared and resumed her regular duties. Miecio and I resumed our studies, albeit secretly and in small groups. My parents were back at work, and my grandmother recommenced running the household. But the charade of normalcy could not be maintained. We had little food. We heated the house as little as possible. Our gas line was disconnected, and my grandmother began to cook on an electric hot plate, and when electricity was not available, on coal. When we ran out of coal, probably later than most other Warsaw Jews, we heated the house and cooked with a material called “torf ”—a fifteen-centimeter cube that looked like dried mud and released an unpleasant odor when it burned.