Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Louis Kaye - May 9, 1983

Post-War Poland 4

More money.

More money and everything. Only by the Polish people I'll tell you, I'd like to see from everybody to be one. For one, I'd like to be the one throw 'em in the water, the way I feel. I like to be the one to throw 'em in the water. I have not good things about the Polish people. I see sometimes the Polacks in, in the city street and I tell them the way I feel. And I'm feeling the only life you live in Poland and everything. And the people could help people and less people be killed. And huge—young, around ten years, twelve years you see what's going on there. It was good neighbors the whole year and everything with the Polish people and the German come in, they turn it around for five, a pound of sugar they would pick you out. You did not recognize he's Jewish, they don't know if he's Jewish, they give a pound of sugar, they kill you. Or because you hiding for something, so. Because at home I was wearing the Star of David in the ghetto and, and Kim too, the Star of David. Polish people. I don't remember the good things about the Polish people. And over here when they don't know you're Jewish or not. Over there they recognize you easy. If they have to, someone send the kids in Poland do what they do here, I wouldn't recognize if Jewish or not. Jewish over there they take off their pants and show you who you are. You know what I mean? And the Polish people, they... You ask, you could talk to other people, they tell you the same thing. In, S... Switzerland the people ??? people was good. I don't know, not now, I mean, after the war, when I come into Czech in 1945, they nice people. I, I don't know what they are not. Before '45, when I need something after I come out from concentration camp, they pick me up, put me in the train, they took me to the ??? The Czech people. I was afraid to go to the Polish people.

When was this?

After the war, nineteen... 1945, when I was going from Germany to Czech and Czech into Poland. Now I go to the Red Cross, we get something to eat, it was uh, like a week after concentration camp, two weeks. Then you go city to city, you have no money. They couldn't expect them to help you for food and things like that. I didn't know that time where to go. They picked me up, put me on a train ???

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