Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Natalie Zamczyk - January 30, 1984

Post-War Life II

He said, okay, come in, you know. And he sat down at the desk and I sit down. And he ask me, who are you? So I said, I am a Jewish woman and I have a son and thanks to him and his father I am alive. And I gave to him also, you know, because I have, because the father. Because he helped me, he didn't know because the father didn't tell him, he didn't know, but he helped me. And, and you know, he was wonderful to me. So he said to me, I said they helped me. So he said to me, this was their duty, he says to me. So I said, duty? His duty he was there. I said no, it wasn't his duty. Where have you been during the war? In Russia. So I said, I don't know where you have been in Russia, but you haven't been here in Poland, I said, because I am Jewish and when this would happened vice versa, that the police wouldn't prosecute it and I would be Jewish and this would be my friend. He would come for me for help and I would know that my husband and my child--not me, I don't tell about the--they would get killed when I, they would find him in my house, I would help him. I wouldn't do it. I would give him everything what I had, and go away, I don't want to see. Go, you have all my money. I would like to help you, but I don't wanted my child be killed and my husband, I don't want it. So you telling me that this was his duty? And I couldn't anymore, I start to cry so hysterically that he was moved. He was moved and I spend not five minutes, I spend maybe two hours, you know. And he said to me, okay, listen, I said, that's not true. I don't believe that he said something about Russia because his father was a plain worker and he was good man, he was raising...

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