Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Pauline Kleinberg - October 28, 1982

Life Under German Occupation

Before we get to the first labor camp...


...tell me what happened though, after the Germans came in. You, you tell me that the life has changed--there was curfews, bread lines, obviously schools were closed...

Oh, yeah, schools had never opened.

Okay, how long were you then in the town?

Uh, this was uh, see 1939--beginning of 1939, beginning of 1942--this was still '42. Like '42 September, today, forty years ago, which I was much younger and stronger. I was in the woods--somewhere in a wi...in the--in a wild uh, forest.

All right, now, you, you say your family was still together...

The--not at that time, no.

Okay, how did that happen? How were they separated?

I just, I just uh, told you. This was in 1942, September. They came by uh, it was supposed to be so-called the Judenrein, to make the city--the towns clean of Jews...

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