Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Freda Magnus - July 22, 1982

Liberating Father and Brother from Jail

Were you able to uh, to have her receive any doctor's care?

Yeah, we didn't have--yeah, we had doc...we had Jewish doctors it was in the ghetto, sure, yeah. But they couldn't help it. The sore didn't heal and didn't heal and she's got warts and warts and warts. From this time when I brought her home--this time, warts and warts and warts and she died. At least, you know, she died home but my father they took away. Then we lived in the ghetto another, you know, this was 1942. Then we live in the ghetto so I was left with my brother--my youngest brother. My older sister was married, my older brother was married, the middle brother was sent away already, you know. So, this...

You were still at Łódź, right?

Yeah, still in Łódź. Yeah, we left the last few minutes--the last few months before the liberation from the, from the Russian. So, then um, we tried, you know, to make a living so again when I left with my father, you know, like I told you they all the time they called people to come to register to send them away, you know. So, one time, you know, they called my father to register to come away and they took them also in--like in jail--my father and my brother, you know, the men and I also liberated them through somebody, you know, it looked like protection, you know, I liberated them and they came home. But, then you see, after that I used to get counts of food but after I liberate my father, you know, I took him out, I--like I stoled him out from them, you know, we didn't get counts no more for him for food to live on it, can you imagine? So I have to, to um, how you say it? To divide it between--from mine counts I have to divide between my father, you know, and we had a very hard time, you know, then the hunger--it was impossible--but we still didn't go, you know, to go away because we was afraid. We were still had been in our home so we said, "How bad it is? It's better here than another." Then there was to the end when they already heard that the Russian are coming they start taking out all the people mostly from Łódź. So when they started to come, we was hiding too. But they knocked on every door. I was hiding, and my father and my brother had been hidden in a place and they came in--the Germans, you know, with their, with their machine guns and they drag out my brother from a hidden place.

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