Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Esther Feldman Icikson - October 23 & 29, November 5 & 12, 2001

Arrested by Soviets

Um, you said you were arrested.

Well, you see, things got very bad. I don't remember how we got out of that city, but I know that things were very bad. And we didn't have where to live and we didn't have food to eat, I mean, it was terrible. We wound up, that's when we wound up in a tiny little synagogue. Lots of people and you slept on the floor. You, you had to, like you know, say, "One, two, three, turn over!" You know.

With other refugees.

With other refugees. So, my father decided to go back to Poland. Back home, you know.

All of you?

That's what he thought he should do. Well.

Could he?

He was trying to get organized to go back. Except, at that time, Russia and Germany were at peace.


We were Polish. The Russians decided that it's no good. And they arrested all the Jews. They came one night, knocked on the door and they said to us, ???, which means, get going, take everything, take all your belonging. And we took out our belongings and they took us out and they put us on train.

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