Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Eugene Feldman - July 15, 1991

Hiding From Germans

Y...y...your father got back and said he thought they were going to kill everybody and started to dig this hole for himself.

He must have told mom, maybe. He didn't tell us anything.

Okay, so you saw him digging this hole for himself.

I might have seen him do it, maybe not. But we accepted. He wa...he was--I mean, you don't question your dad in those days.

And he told you to go up into the attic and hide.

No. He didn't tell me anything. But he was, I understand he was trying to get into that hole that night. He was going to stay there overnight, I guess. And my cousin Osher, the one that's in Israel now, the one I mentioned before, stayed with, he went over to him and he says, "Can I go in with you?" So he--dad says to him "No, it's not big enough. Take mom and Gene and go upstairs into the attic." Why didn't he say anything about take the other kids? I don't know. I don't have any idea what, what was... There were three more girls. Why didn't he say take all the kids and go up? He didn't say it to me, he said it to Osher. Now did he sell did he tell to Osher, take all the girls and Eugene and go upstairs and Osher couldn't find it? I don't know. I'm going to have to ask him that.

You never asked him that.

I never asked him that, I don't know why.

So Osher is...

Because the story, the way I understand is that he said, is, take Eugene and mom and go up in the attic. Why. And that's it.

Is Osher ...

That's it. That's the story. I'm going to have to ask him. And I, I'm going to Israel at the end of the year. I'm going to have to ask him.

Is he older than you, Osher?

About the same age.

Maybe he thought that the girls would be safe.

Oh no, no, no, no, no. Were the girls somewhere else or something? I don't really know.

So you...

Were the girls in another house? I don't, I don't even know that.

How old were they?

They were babies. I think they was uh, let's see, about five. Let's see, one of my sister--the, the, my real sister is a, was a year younger than me. So she would have been about ten. And the other ones were about five and six, something like that or five and seven. But...

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