Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Abraham Asner - October 10, 1982

Outbreak of War

And uh, in 1941 uh, June the twenty-second, I hear uh, four fifteen in the morning, some planes start to bomb. I run out on the street and I see it's not like uh, uh, Russian planes. It looks to me like German planes, according to mine experience. Finally the war broke out. I went... I went listen to the radio to hear about what's going on in the world. Didn't hear nothing from Moscow, just music playing and everything, you know. And then uh, finally about twelve o'clock I remember uh, they say Molotov was going to speak from twelve o'clock. I hear the war broke out and they mentioned so many places they been bombed from the Germans. And uh, then start to, the war, the, the scene uh, start to run the Russians further back. And they told us we got, we got to run away for now from that place Alovė where it's uh, uh, to the front to go through. Run away from... We went away from uh, in a little town not far, in a village and we're standing around there over night. And the next day we hear the Germans, they come over. We went back down there to that little uh, town of Alovė not far from Alytus in Lithuania. And uh, on that, then I saw about twelve o'clock a sign on the, hang out a sign, "Jews, Jews--not from that area, not from that place--they got to leave the place 'til four o'clock. If not, they'll get shot." That's the first thing.

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