Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Alexander Raab - June 28, 2002

Religious Life

And was the family religious?

I don't--grandfather was kinda, he was religious, but he was more like a modern reli...religious man.

What does that mean?

That means, he didn't wear no beard and, and...

And payes...

...and payes, you know. And uh, of course, holidays uh, we used to spend in synagogue.

What was Friday night like in your house?

Friday night, there were candles on the ta...a kosher home definitely. Uh, candles on the, on the table. Uh, and that's probably mostly uh, because my grandmother from mother's side was very religious. And she, she was actually around in the, the home.

So did you go to shul on Shabbos?

Uh, not every Shabbos. It, it was not uh, a very Orthodox home.

Were you going to school, when you were...

I was just signed up and I, I just missed it.

Polish school.

Polish school, Polish uh, first grade school, whatever they called it. And uh, just the war broke out and I, I think that the school's supposed to start in September and, and the Nazis marched in, in September.

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