Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Irene Sobel - September 8, 1998

Keeping Busy

International relief.

...international relief that periodically we'd get shipments. Sometimes later we were trans...the whole orphanage was transferred to another location where the building was a little better.

In the same town.

In, in a nearby town, I don't remember, I don't know the name of the town. But when we had uh, more space and there were more room for some movement. There were no organized activities for children.

So what did you do?

Uh, we somehow kept busy with each other. I wrote poetry. Uh, I had books and books of poetry in Polish. In the summer there was a large mulberry tree, and that was my favorite spot. I would go up with a notebook into, climb in the tree and write poetry. There was a lot of talking that went on and we improvised each our own games. This is where, during that period I learned Yiddish. Most of the children spoke Yiddish. They knew Polish, but they spoke, a lot of them, a lot of them knew Yiddish and a lot of them when they were siblings would talk Yiddish to each other and this is where I learned Yiddish.

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