Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Eva Boros - February 11, 1983


...martial arts with uh, sticks. Jujitsu's also martial art and we had the training weekly. Sometimes we were taken out uh, for a few days longer in a camp, in a camp situation actually in order to be prepared. Then what we--why they did it, because they feared that girls had to defend themselves from Arabs even more than boys uh, for--it's self defense in case they're raped. Because that was biggest problem, the Arabs, that they--not only do they cut your throat, they also rape you before that, so. Uh, then we were actively distributing flyers, which was terribly dangerous because if you are caught by the British you were sent to jail. And that was no fun. They, they meant it. There was absolutely no mercy. All the British gentleman-like or whatever is all fake. And that's, it was then, we were taken very badly and seriously. Then I went to Mikveh Israel after the year and a half or so in Jerusalem, which was '47 and uh, there I was active also in the Haganah. All of us there were uh, organized in the Haganah. Uh, we were being prepared to go to a settlement and uh, there my brother was there so I had a little more family. My sister went to a settlement. She arrived, she was left ou...let go and she settled uh, close to, Kefar `Atah which is near Haifa. And uh, at this point she already went down to Berot Yizchoc, which is a kibbutz uh, three miles from Ďaza, Gaza. And in '47 December, my sister married. The problem only was that uh, the day before she married, the war broke--no, the war broke out a little before and they uh, shut off all the roads to the Negev. So uh, nobody came to the, to the wedding. And uh, it was really very bad. Now the Arabs, of course, attacked the moment it uh, it was proclaimed a, a State of Independence in '47, I don't know when. Forty-eight? Forty-eight.

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