Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Abraham Holcman - September 14, 1983

Polish Draft

What kind of trouble?

Army trouble.

Polish army?


What'd they do?

Uh, they... In uh, twenty-five of us uh, born in 1925, and in 1945 that was my year to be inducted. So, I got uh, so I got a slip to uh, to come to the, uh...

Polish army.

Polish army.

So, what'd you do?

What could I do? Being four years hungry and traveling in all, you know, all that. And all, the Polish didn't help, help out nothing during the war on the Jews. How could I go into the army? But when I uh, started uh, when I come back, so I knew that uh, the people were telling me the Jews that in 1925, so I shouldn't register. So, so I had to pay off my landlord. Over there you have to register. But over here, you didn't have to register no place I went to. But over there you had to register. So, I had to pay off my landlord not to register where I lived. So, I paid a sum of money. Whatever I left after robbed from, from going home from the Russians. So uh, but I went to the Jewish committee and, and I put my name in there in case somebody ask for me, relative, friend, whatever and just gave it away. They took it from there.

And what happened once... what happened after that?

Oh uh, As soon as I got the slip to uh, to go for an exam to doctors, I skipped town.

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