Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Samuel Biegun - February 13, 1983

Reuniting with Father

Were you still in contact with your father?

Oh yeah. Uh, my fa...I was going--I was staying there the first time and I was looking for my father. So every uh, train that came, you know, I was asking all the people came uh, because I knew where, where he came from, you know, where he's going to come from--what town--what part of Russia. So everyday I used to run, you know, and one day it was like on a second floor and I was looking out and I see like a center of the city there, people going out and I was watching and I see my father. He was wearing a white suit and he was look...he was already giving up hope looking for us. And all of a sudden I see him right there. And I came down and that's we--recognize it.

Did he recognize you?

Yes. Well, I saw him, but he didn't see me. So we were reunited and we came...

It had been how long since you'd seen your father?

Two or three years.

So then you were all together again.

Yes.

And how long then did you stay in that town?

I guess that's six months all together.

All right, and then...

And then we had to smuggle the border go to Berlin, to Germany.

Okay now, before we get to you smuggling, what, what did you do in the town for six months? What were you waiting for, or why--what were you doing there?

Uh, we were waiting to go, to go, to leave uh, we didn't plan to live in Poland.

Okay, so you just couldn't get on the train and leave.

Yeah, yeah, we were thinking about going in the United States or going to Israel, you know, which you know there was talking about it.

So what did you do for the six months? Did you work? Did you wait? Did you...

No, I was too young to work. But uh, I went to school, like a school. I did nothing, '46. I was fourteen years old.


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