Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Esther Lupian - 2007

Liquidation of Ghetto 2

And we went out, went out to a rail rails and go, and go straight, you know, went down. We go--it seems to me now--two hundred meters, something like a quarter of mile and somebody... man comes, appears in front of us and he ask in Russian, "Where you going?" And she going, "Where my eyes see. I don't know where." So, he said, "Why you still this old st... yellow star..."


"...yellow star?" And she said, "I don't know." She was, she was, you know, like without mind, you know.

In shock.

In shock. So, he said, "Let me give it out, your, your star." Yellow letter... We name it letter, yellow letter. So, he tear out here and on the back, but it still was ??? you know, so he take uh, uh, schmattah, you know, and color, color something with scarf or whatever. And she said, "I am going somewhere." And uh, and he said, "Okay, you see hay? Hay." You know what hay is?


"Go to hay, go inside, stay inside until dark. Don't go anywhere, anywhere until it's light, Bella. And try not ask anybody road toward. Avoid any people who you see and go this way he showed." So, we went... We stay in hay couple hours, I don't remember how many hours until it's dark, and then we go, we go--it was terrible, you know--field, you know, a field. We go in field to... On horizon it was uh, wood. Very far. So, we were... We walking maybe two days, two, three days. Avoid daytime and stay the night.

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