Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Isaac Engel - June 16 & 25, 1992


So they beat up Jews in the street?

Oh sure, sure.

Anybody in your family ever get...



No, no.

Did you, did you personally ever experience any kind of anti-Semitism?

You could smell it in the street. I personally didn't. But you can-they were telling you all the time. After that, they used to say in Polish, Zydie to Palestini. See you, Jew go to Palestine. You have no place here. This is not here for you. This is not for you. They were talking to you all the time. Even they were, if they were friendly the ones, they, they told you that.

Did you have non-Jewish friends?

Not really. No, no. We had one neighbor, but--you see, the, the Jews they had a separate, everything separatism. They were dressed differently. And specially in the small towns. Even in the big towns. They uh, they'd mind their own business. They didn't bother the goyim, they didn't bother them. But they, they were just hope that nobody bothered 'em.

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