By Arek Hersh MBE
How do you continue to exist while you’re eleven years previous and all of your kinfolk were taken from you and killed? How do you still stay, whilst every little thing round you is designed to make sure definite loss of life? Arek Hersh tells his tale easily and truthfully, a relocating account of a bit boy who made his personal good fortune and survived. he is taking us into the tragic global imposed on him that robbed him of his early life. The intensity of the tragedy, power of braveness and gear of survival will stream you and encourage you. opposite to assertions that the Holocaust years have been an insignificant ‘detail of history’, Arek Hersh supplies us a glimpse into the best disaster that guy has ever inflicted on his fellow guy.
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Soon Zdunska Wola faded from our view. Still nervous and fearful from our experiences, we kept our ears open for approaching planes. As we neared the forest we passed a small white building, where we were stopped by two Kanarki - military policemen. They asked us where we were going, then asked my father for his papers as he was of military age. He handed the papers over, and after reading them they informed him that there was no way he could get to his military base as Poland was at war. Half an hour later, they let my father go, and we continued walking for another three kilometres.
Perhaps the best thing about winter was that some days the snowdrifts were so high that we could not go to school. One pursuit that we shouldn’t have done at all, particularly in the winter months, was climbing up the partially-built school which was not far from Ulica Zamkowa - Castle Street - where I lived. A few of my friends and I would go to the construction site when it was empty and would climb up the half-built structure, jumping from joist to joist, barefoot for a better grip, as we ascended from first to second floor and so on.
The old man never seemed to run out of wind and could always oblige. In 1936, when I was eight, my family returned to my birthplace, Sieradz. There was much more opportunity for my father’s business to prosper in Sieradz as he was a boot-maker and Sieradz was an army garrison town. I was forced to make new friends, though this was not difficult as my cousins, Riven Natal and Sala Judkiewicz, who lived in Sieradz, introduced me to many children of my own age. I started at a new Hebrew school (‘Heder’) where I learnt the Bible and Humish (the Five Books of Moses) and learnt to translate everything from Hebrew into Yiddish.
A Detail of History: The harrowing true story of a boy who survived the Nazi Holocaust by Arek Hersh MBE