Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Natalie Zamczyk - January 30, 1984


And that's all, that's, that's, that's all. But was another very bad experience, you know. In 19...wait a moment, in 19...in Polish uprising, wait a moment, in 1945 was the war over. I think in 1946 was a pogrom in Krakow. I don't know if you heard about it, somebody told you this?


You interviewed some people from Krakow, no?


And nobody told you that?

After the war, no.

Yes, yes, after the war there was another experience, you know. After the war, you know, this was in '46...


...'46 was uh... I was working this time in office already for my cousin. He was a ??? factory and I was working in the office. From the beginning I had ??? and somebody said, telephone rings, somebody said, we better close early the, the office because there's something going on in a neighborhood, Jewish neighborhood there on your street. So I, so we, everything was saying, what is going on. I think it's something like a pogrom. What happened, the day before, the, the boy was missing. Five years old boy, Christian boy. And right away, of course, I think that this was the work of, of Russians, you know, to make, you know. That the boy was taken for a--they did that before--Easter, Pesach. That the boy was killed by Jews because they needed the blood for matza. This was in '46. Maybe '47, I don't know, but to me it seems that was '46, yeah, I think so. I, I don't know exactly, but they should know about this, because this is very, you know. And uh, I, I went home. I was very upset because our caretaker was still there. I, when I came back I thought that I will throw him out, you know. But he joined the uh, the Communist party. You understand?


I couldn't do nothing, so he was staying there, but he kept his mouth, uh. You know, I was living, I got one room, you know, in our own big apartment, I had only one room because it was already different, you know. So, and he has bigger war than me because I was the capitalist, I was the corner of the apartment house and he was a worker, you know. He couldn't do nothing. I am telling you that. So I was afraid of this worker. My sister-in-law the children she leaves next door, not at their place and I was there. We were terrified what he's going to do, but he didn't do nothing. And next morning, so we heard next morning that a woman was killed and the boy was taken to the synagogue where my parents belong, where I was going as a young girl. And that they found the bones here in this church--in the church, I mean--in the basement.


They found the bone already. And one woman survivor from concentration camp was killed.

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