By Arek Hersh MBE
How do you live to tell the tale whilst you’re eleven years outdated and all of your kinfolk were taken from you and killed? How do you still reside, while every thing round you is designed to make sure yes demise? Arek Hersh tells his tale easily and truthfully, a relocating account of a bit boy who made his personal success and survived. he is taking us into the tragic global imposed on him that robbed him of his youth. The intensity of the tragedy, power of braveness and gear of survival will circulate you and encourage you. opposite to assertions that the Holocaust years have been a trifling ‘detail of history’, Arek Hersh provides us a glimpse into the best disaster that guy has ever inflicted on his fellow guy.
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I decided it would be a good idea if I walked into the house crying. Maybe, I thought, that would help my situation. Luckily for me my mother was alone in the house, and washed and dried me and gave me some fresh clothes to put on. She also scolded me for going to the river, explaining how deep and dangerous it could be. By now the storm clouds were truly gathering over Poland. Men were starting to be called up into the army. The new recruits would walk around the town in their new uniforms, tan belts with shoes to match.
This would have been taken to the Jewish baker early on Friday afternoon before the Sabbath; for a small payment, he would put the Cholent into his oven and cook it very slowly. The Cholent, eaten on Saturday, always tasted wonderful. On Saturday afternoons, if the weather was fine, the entire family - and many other Jewish families - would go to the park, where I would play with my friends or take a stroll with my parents down to the river Warta. All this was to leave a great impression on me - the family life, the sense of belonging, the customs, and the love we had for one another and for our neighbours.
My father, Szmuel Jona, was a knowledgeable, even wise man. We were orthodox Jews, faithfully following all the Jewish laws and traditions. Each week my father took Tovia and I to the synagogue. He was a boot-maker by trade, and was kept busy making officers’ boots - so busy sometimes, in fact, that he had to employ two people to help him. My father and mother were both very modern in outlook. They loved dancing and won several competitions. My father was a great believer in socialist ideals, and was very interested in world politics, history and psychology.