Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Nancy Fordonski - May 29, 1982

Arrival in Łódź

My sister Luba, she had one child under her arm, second child she was holding on. They were two boys. And with the third one she was pregnant. And all three of them, they were pushed to the other side. Meaning to the side they were the planning to destroy them. And my brother-in-law with my sister Rivka and Meyer, the younger brother-in-law's parents they came. They went also on the train to Łódź. But we were not in the same wagon. We haven't seen each other for a few days. They were in a--in Marysin also, in other barracks. After a few days being there, they were giving us a little food and if not we have to find some food because in Marysin there were some fields and it was growing some vegetables. So we were pulling out whatever we could from the ground. We were trying to feed ourselves. After days, we were assigned to special, to special places, to special homes. So Sasha, myself and uh, my older sister and the two brother-in-laws were assigned for a, for, with, with a room. We were happy and the same time very sad. Lost almost everybody, everything what we had. But still thankful to God that we sur...we are still here, at least a few of us and maybe somehow we will try to build up ourself again. We had a place of our own for quite awhile. And then--it was a little place--and then somehow, we had--we got another room, just a few blocks away from them. I had a pla...with Sasha and myself, we had another room. This what I'm talking was already everything in ghetto, in Łódź. We saw each other pretty often, whenever we had a chance. We were assigned to work.

How long were you in the Łódź ghetto?

We were in the Łódź ghetto for three years.

How long were you in the first ghetto?

First ghetto start in the beginning of '40 'til '42. For also two years.

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