Re: [Cz-L] A few short stories from Czernowitz

Date: Fri, 23 May 2014 21:56:27 +0300
To: David Glynn <>, Julian Rubin <>, <>

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Uncle Herman and his friends
Six in the morning until six in the evening - this time out to evacuate our
apartments from the city center Czernowitz ghetto town. Part of the city
where she lived Aunt Frieda, my mother's sister, was declared a ghetto.

Six in the morning until six in the evening we carried everything one would
take. The streets leading up to the ghetto were flooded with people laden
with whatever came to hand a bunch of pillows in pillowcases and sheets.

Czernowitz Jews abandoned their home, table and bed. Aunt Frieda's apartment
became a temporary shelter crowded. Yard for the neighbors of Aunt Frieda
and relatives came all mah ghetto people come and go.

At six we moved to the temporary border separating the city and the ghetto.
All latecomers were punished.

The ghetto was a temporary arrangement until the final expulsion from the
city to the concentration camps (Lager) in Transnistria under Romanian.

Throughout the month of October 1941 gave new instructions each time a
certain date in a particular street should be evacuated to camps in
Transnistria. In order not to leave we moved to other streets that have not
yet been sentenced evacuation.

Aunt Frieda, her husband David and their son Ziggy has been evacuated. We
still stayed but we knew also reach our turn. Aunt Frieda's flat wasteland.

Mom bought two liters of milk and boil them in a large pot on the stove.
Being in the camps later, suffering from starvation and memory hot milk,
long time, accompanied us with great longing.

Our time has also come to be evacuated and Uncle Herman (mother's brother),
his wife, Aunt Anna, and their son Didi were to go the day before that Uncle
Herman wanted to go along with his friends. But then friends drove while
Uncle Herman and his family traveled the day after us because Mom was not
yet ready to go and Uncle Herman eventually chose to stay with the family.
But that did not stop him angry at mother and blame her why he did not go
with his friends.

Transnistria were hard times and lived from hand to mouth what we sold
sparingly - a dress for a loaf of bread, a shirt for flour or potatoes. Mom
was calculated and she said, "If we can more now we can not hold, we can not

(There were those who fulfilled at all their assets and live in relative
comfort for a short period and when it was over they died of starvation,

And that really survived two and a half until they were Russians who saved
our lives and were discharged. In April 1944 we went home or rather walked
100 kilometers on foot. I was a few months after I recovered from typhoid,
and yet I was still very weak and lacking energy. Because of me could not
walk more than 14-15 miles a day. We slept in some abandoned house and the
next day we set off again.

The second kilometer from the train but alas we made that trip. Russian
soldiers often took us off the train.

Finally we crossed the bridge over the Prut and entered Czernowitz. We met a
mother waiting anxiously for her daughter to come back from the camps and
Lenten among those who returned if seen or heard of her daughter. Case, we
could tell her daughter was alive and well and is on her way home.

The title of this story is, "Uncle Herman and his friends", and that because
he was very angry at my mother why he and his family were delayed an extra
day and had to go to the camps without friends.

But Uncle Herman's friends was not our luck that they were to return to the

(All area between Bannister and Bug rivers during the Holocaust called
Trnsnitrih who sent beyond the Bug sent to extermination camps in Poland in

Uncle Herman's friends were unlucky to go one day ahead with a freight train
that took them to destruction.

Therefore, whenever Uncle Herman would say to my mother, "You see Yeti,
thanks to you we are today alive!"


(Erna Rubin)



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