Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Abraham Asner - October 10, 1982

Partisan Living Conditions

When we get out it was 1942, '42 in springtime it was uh, a low place, we make the place down there. We dig out a, make a, some kind of, like a cave, they built a cave. It was low. Every morning we used to take out eighty pails of water uh, water from that place, water start to come out from under. You know, we used to mostly eat meat, because meat, it walked by itself. And bread you couldn't get it. And instead of bread we used to bring grain uh, wheat and cook the wheat. Cook the wheat just to get soft or uh, piece you get when cook the meat and that's what we eat. Uh, that's what we eat. And uh, then in forty... in '42 yeah, when they attack us, that time the Germans, we run away and we came to the ??? and then we brought in more people. Some people run away from, where they hiding by people in, in villa... in farms somewhere hiding. We bring 'em in, they join us, partisans. Then uh, in 1943, and when it was already established a contact with Moscow, we was start to be a big anti-Semitism. And always the Jewish suffer, no? And my brother was a leader, like uh a group uh, like uh, it was divided like uh, on a system on the army. My brother was a leader like in a group for thirty people and another Jewish. And then they, they took him off and they appointed other uh, Russian people, Russian leaders. It's hard to remember everything.

You won't remember everything.

Oh my gosh, if I... You know, one by one I keep forgetting.

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