Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Pauline Kleinberg - October 28, 1982

Going back to Pilica

Had you ever thought about going back again to your city in uh, Poland?

Our city--the town is dead. I was there. You see, uh, while I was in Sosnowiec, as I told you, slowly everyone came uh, the survivors. There was one girl--I was going with her to school--and her parents and her grandparents, her grandparents lived in a village and they had uh, what do you call a mill?

Husband: A mill, a mill.

A mill. A mill of uh, they had...

Husband: Corn.

...flour and all this. They were rich, but, you know, and they had uh, land. So her parents were young people--they were neighbors--across the--neighbors, were hidden out by Polacks. You know, once they were hiding you--in the middle they couldn't desert you because they were just in danger as well as you were. They had to keep him alive. They survived. As a token of appreciation, they tried to rebuild, to re-operate the mill--the grandparents uh, got killed--to operate the mill and, and it was going. But this was before we came--they were liberated, you know, at that part the Russians were January. And to rebuild--to build them a house as a token of appreciation for, for feeding them and for letting them survive. So the AK, the Polacks, there was a group called AK, Armia Krajowa.

Husband: It's like here the Ku Klux Klan...


Husband: Yeah.

They came one Friday into the house and killed 'em--the parents. And they had a little boy. The boy was saved by an uncle. They run away. Both the set of parents were killed by those AK. It's AK. It's not--it's like the Ku Klux Klan.

Husband: Yeah

The Polacks, they should go. I hate the Polacks even worse than did the Germans, and it's a long story why. And I was born there and raised.

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