Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Luba Elbaum - January 20, 1982

Escaping the Ghetto


So then on the side already was walk with my father and my mother and my sisters and brothers and my uncles together--all were walking. The Polish people, the Ukrainian you know were watching him have to go into the ghetto. And my father start to cry. I said, "Where you going?" and he said, "You know, you go, maybe you gonna...maybe you're going to be ???. You know, in Yiddish ???. You go." Because I took, because I was like, I mean--so in the morning, so I was meeting them and then I were crying. And they let me, they let me be on there. When I wake up, I would be by myself like I mean in a--how do you call it--was a little--I forget how in Polish. Trees. We were sitting under the trees. And they walked away all from me and I said maybe I could bring them in food. They going to be in the ghetto and if I'm going to be out in the ghetto I look like Polish, maybe I can bring 'em in some food. That's happened. I came back and I went to the gate--I mean to the farm. And I stayed there. It took three days. You could not already go in and go out. It took three days, after three days they came in for no ??? the German. When I was still home though, came a train. A train to Treblin...there came a train--a train came. Was a big, big train came and I still wasn't home. And the whole train was putting in how you call it--Polish I remember--color. How you call you know, when the people came in right away they, right away they were dead--not dead. They took that. I forgot how they called. Came big, big trains for the people. And all the mothers and the children and the fathers they uh, they went in, in the trains. The mothers and the children. They took from Bełżyce to Minkowice they put them in the trains.

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