Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Herman Marczak - May 12, 1982

German Policy

Yes. Let me ask you something, all those people in the ghetto um, were there some people from the outskirts of your town that were...

Oh yeah, they brought in people from smaller towns. They, they tried to confuse the people, you see. That was, that was part of their policy, you know. They tried to confuse the people that they don't send them to kill 'em. They send them someplace else. So they brought, they brought thirty people from a small town to the Zduńska Wola ghetto, okay. So people said, "You see, they don't ta...if they send away people they just send them to another town. They don't, they don't kill you." That was their policy.

In other words, the people wanted to believe this.

They wanted to believe. And some, maybe some believed this. That was their policy to confuse the people and to adjust their minds that that's the way it got--it is--that's the way it's going to be. And that's why they were so victorious against us. Ninety-nine percent of the people, they didn't believe to the last minute, they didn't believe. When, when they was already at the trains that they didn't believe that they going to get, to, to--otherwise, we could have killed Germans.

Well, there were a lot of young people, you say, that knew what was happening.

Yeah, yeah we knew.

Knew, you knew it.

We knew what was happening.

And yet those people didn't do anything to resist.

We had a, we didn't have a chance to, how could we resist? We didn't have nothing, we didn't have no organization, no nothing. Not in our area, not, not as far as I know.

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