Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Alice Lang Rosen - August 5, 1991

Life in the Jewish Children's Home

So you don't remember feeling confused and upset?

Really confused and upset, yes, I was. In fact, after the children's home was quite filled--quite a few children there, I was--I think might have been the only German Jew. There were quite a lot of Polish, and Czechoslovakian and, and Russian Jewish children and I had a hard time when they found out that I was of German descent uh, and they really did let it out on me because they forgot the Jewish part, they just remembered the German part. And they were--I remember by that time I was already ten years old probably and um, so that hurt, that was really bad...

What kind of things did they say to you?

Oh they, you know, call me German they--I was like uh, an outcast. Uh, it's like a child here you know, they outcast for mothers for one reason or another and I couldn't understand why they didn't like me. I always maybe because I was so much more religious than they were, I mean I caught on so much quicker, this was my, my whole life. In fact I talked with the rabbi and he had said to me that um, if my family--none of my family comes back and no one is found I was going to go to Israel. That, that was my one goal, I was ten years old and I wanted to go to Israel, that was all I wanted, you know, to, to do.

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