Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Natalie Zamczyk - January 30, 1984

Polish Uprising II

And we went from the, from the basements. I was completely dirty. I didn't wash at all. Brought, the, the torn skirt, the blouse, white, was blouse white, was completely black. My hair, my face, and one shoe was broken, terrible, you know. Yeah, and in this uh, uprising, you know, I--all the things what I got it I was uh, giving away for bread, you know, from the beginning, you know. It was terrible things what was going on there. But uh, they are not interested in it too much. When I would know more about Jewish uprising, I suppose. Okay, so I went out and uh, we went, we were sent to a special place for a day and night, you know. And there were mattresses, mattresses lying. The mattresses were walking along, they were full of lice. And I saw there lots of women and lots of children and I saw lots of Jewish people what they went from hiding places. I saw a woman with a child. You could see, I saw it, you could see from far that this was Jewish child, a boy. And she--I talked like goy to her but I was afraid that I scare her. So I said, no, I don't want to scared her. When I recognize her she will be afraid of somebody. I don't know what happened to those people, you know. I was walking around finding out if somebody for, from Praga brought some children, but no they, nobody knew about Praga, because the Russian were coming, but they were still staying. Okay, I was there one day and the next day I saw the same repeating story like the ghetto. They--I saw from far that they are uh, putting old people separate, women with children separate, young people se...young people separate. So I thought myself, the same thing. The old people probably, I don't know, Polish, you know, they wouldn't take to ???, you know, but probably they let him out. And the women with children they are not going to kill them, but the single must go some place. They are strong and young. And I was alone. So, when we are staying to go out already, because they were waiting with the train for us to take us someplace, ??? some place. So, in the last minute I saw a lady with two children and I said to her, can I take one child by the hand, because I was close to it. And she said, yes. And I took the child and the child start to holler, but the German didn't say nothing and I went with the mothers and children.

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