Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Fred Kendal - May 25, 1983

Help from Gentiles

But then, I do remember that when we were in the forest and I do remember the good people. They--the people that were--I remember one in particular, he was a Seventh Day Adventist and this man risked his life, risked his life to help the Jewish people--to help our family in particular. I remember that. I remember--I also remember an incident where we went in to beg for food and this guy was trying to--he would--he was trying to--I was there with my dad and, and he was trying to keep us there and call the police. Of course, we ran away, you know, we, we were able to overpower him and then just run away from there. Um, also the incidents where they had setup uh, like bells and, and railroad um, pieces of rail, hanging that they would uh, there were those that would spot the Jews uh, they would start ringing the bells and often that was the movement signaling the police that uh, those were bad times.

Was your family an observant family, in terms of religion?

Before the war, yes, yes, very much so. Uh, I remember going with my dad to shul on Friday night and Saturday. And um, yes, especially um, my grandfather was very much so.

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