Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Fred Kendal - May 25, 1983

Conditions in the Ghetto

What was the ghetto like? What would any conditions like there?

I don't think that I could honestly give you a good description because at that time that I must've been either nine or ten. And I can only describe that part of it where our family was in and it was like--from what I can remember was like the whole family was in, was in just this one little house, you know. Actually what the ghetto was, was they took a section of the most populated--a section of the town that a lot of Jewish people lived in and they surrounded it with barb wire and stuff and they assembled all the others to include in there. You know, it was just, you know, I think that's what they call the ghetto. You know, it's a just a separation of the Jews and from rest of the population and, of course, they had gates and guards and so on, so forth but that portion, I can't.

What about food?

I couldn't--I know that there was food now whether the adults didn't need eat and give it to the kids, I don't know, but I know that we had some food and how the food came about, I couldn't tell you. I know that as long as we were on the farm, everything was fine. We had no problem. But as far as the ghetto portion, I don't think I could give you a good description. I don't think I'm qualified.

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