Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Natalie Zamczyk - January 30, 1984

Husband Arrested

And my husband supposed to came, come uh, uh, beginning of uh, December, this was 1942. But he didn't come, because before that, a week before, I didn't know, two weeks before, there was, they came at night, my husband, this was the last night what he was uh, in ghetto because he has paper and he's supposed to come already. So he went to ghetto only to say goodni...goodbye to his brother and his wife and children. And that night, and they said, why, you know, he went late and you couldn't uh, not Polish people, not Jewish people couldn't during the war could walk after eight o'clock.


So he stayed uh, over. And that night they came, Jewish police, and arrest my husband and his brother and they, as uh, hostages. They took twenty Jews and between was my husband and my brother-in-law. And everybody there in there said to my husband, why don't you run away to the window, you know. Leave. He said, no, I can't because my brother wouldn't be able to. And I know every...he knew everybody you know in that... I will do something, but he couldn't, you know. And they took them as hostages and next morning they were taken to, I don't know where they are taken. Some cousin of ours said that they were hanged. Some other said that they were taken to the SS there and they disappeared. They took him to concentration. I don't know, I don't know. Somebody what was working as Jewish policemen, he came back crying that they hanged them. So I don't know, I really don't know. They never came back. So I was left there by myself, you know. And I was staying for awhile there. Later this guy was uh, I was helping him a lot, because my husband had a money this time, he had a store, you know. But later when my husband wasn't there, there wasn't money.

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