Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Olga Adler - July 26, 1982

Religious Beliefs

Well, this might be a good time to ask a question. Um, after your experiences, did you believe more in God or less in God?

No, no. I was very disappointed. I lost, I, I never gave a, gave a thought. You know what, that's what I say I believe. I believe that I'm not supposed to uh, wake up my father or my mother when they are asleep because that's a sin.


And there's somebody sits upstairs with a, with a big beard and writes down you're, if you are a good girl or are not a good girl. We lived together at one time with a judge and they didn't have a kosher household and they were eating ham and all these things and I went there everyday and they wanted to give me. And I said I can't have it, I just have to ask first. And they went out and they said, your father or your uncle said you can eat it. I ate it. You know, I... I don't know, it just uh, I never thought about too mu... too many things to believe in God. It was no other way that you don't, there's, there no other way, I mean I learned to uh, as I say, religious classes and I knew the history of the Jewish history. And I was, I, I wasn't... I, I was aware that I'm a Jewish girl and that's it. I always believed my parents had to do. When there was the holidays and my father went to temple and she, she too... he took off the piece of the ??? and he said, now girl you say that. And I learned in private lessons. You know, in Europe the girls are not as important in the Jewish education. You know, if you can, a little bit read Hebrew and you go to temple in the holidays and you light the candles on Friday evening and you keep a reasonable, a reasonably kosher household, which is not uh, then you are fine.


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