Essay on 23rd Psalm- a Holocaust Memoir

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23rd Psalm- A Holocaust Memoir The Holocaust and war was no joking matter. Millions were executed both intentionally and unintentionally. Men, women, husbands, wives, parents, grandparents, and children; The SS didn’t care. Nor did the Poles, Germans, or anyone at all for that matter. Nobody cared about the “dirty Jews”, the “filthy dogs”, or the “swine dogs”. There were so many insults that it’s impossible to name them all. People were malnourished, lonely, and hopeless. This torture was part of the everyday life of a young man named Lucek Salzman (George Lucius Salton). This boy lost his parents at age 14 and his brother at age 15. He was beaten, he had paint poured over him, his latter was kicked by a German soldier (this ended up…show more content…
When Lucek and his family arrived to the ghetto, they moved into a room with his Uncle Kalman and his wife Blima; six people- 1 room. Because Lucek was 14, he had to register himself telling his name, age, address in the ghetto, and vocation. I believe that the first sign of violence in the ghetto was when a Jewish man was locked outside the building and shot by some Germans right then and there. One day- the day that changed everything- Manek and Lucek went to the labor office and 4 Germans in their brown SA uniforms started taking peoples Kennkarten’s. They would either keep them, or give them back. Manek and Lucek were standing there; The German teacher turned out to be Maneks high school shop teacher; he recognized Manek and took both of their kennkarten’s. The next morning, the brothers kennkartens’s were stamped; The family was worried that Manek and Lucek had stamps and their parents did not. A few days later, the Salzman family found out that Mr and Mrs Salzman would be deported to a “Ukrainian Farm”. The stamp meant that you stayed in the ghetto; for days Mr. Salzman and Uncle Kalman tried to get the rest of the familes kennkarten’s stamped with hope that their family could stay together. At just age 14, Lucek lost his parents forever. The day that his parents were supposed to leave, Lucek insisted that he go with him; he begged and cried but his parents said no. This day was the last day that he would ever see his parents. As Lucek got older

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