Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Marvin Kozlowski - August 28, 2002

Outbreak of War

Where were you when the war started?

Pardon me?

Where were you when the war started?

Where was I? I was in my hometown Radom. We went, we went in basement. We had a Keller--we had a basement. We were--we figured you know, they gonna--we heard such a, terrible things that everybody most of the men were hidden, even Gentiles, some of 'em were hidden.

Wife: They didn't bother your area. They came with us right away.

Wait a second, how do you know? Why, why don't you listen? Why don't you listen?

Were there bombs?


Were there bombs?

Wife: I, I was sick with dysentery when the first bomb fell. I was so scared.

In September.

Wife: I had dysentery. September 1st.

Right away.

Well, that was, that was nothing new. This was nothing new. She was like. My mother had dysentery too. When they threw the first bomb she had dysentery.

Wife: I didn't know that.

Yes, I didn't bring out. When we get a chance to talk, little things like this Okay, so we were all sick. We were laying--they threw a few bombs. In the--some pe...Gentiles were in the store and they would lay on the ground, face down. And everybody said, "Let's pray, let's pray." Anyway, after seven days, the planes were flying as low as the home, as the buildings. Shooting at people ??? with guns. And uh, Poland surrendered. Would have been surrendered probably the first day, but Warsaw was fighting for few, at least a week--for a least a few weeks, I don't know. So they leveled a big part of the city.

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