Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Sonia Nothman - January 4, 1983

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How did you get back home?

I went later back home, I don't even remember how. I know somehow I went back home. And there I came many times during the war. Not as a Jew. Because I spoke fluent Polish and I look, I don't look Jewish at all. Nobody would ever recognize me. They never did. Then, in the beginning it wasn't so bad, but then when they closed uh, Łódź, the ghetto. My grandma was old, my grandfather died. And my aunt she married. She have a little baby girl. My mother--I went there and I, my mother gave me food--I don't even know, a goose, a bird, with something ??? arm ??? and I went. I didn't wear the thing because uh, I was afraid if they...Not that I was, I didn't know what it means, what...Are you gonna...Life was nothing then. Nothing.

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