In June of 1943 the Bilecki family members who lived near the ghetto heard a knock on their door, opened it and saw not only some of their Jewish friends and neighbors but also some strange faces - 23 in all. They had come to seek refuge from the Nazis.
In 1928, Edith Goldberg was born in a small village, called Teschenmoschel, in Kaiserslautern, Germany. In this small village, there was a small Jewish community that Edith’s family was included in. As years passed and the Nazis came into power, this community would be changed. For example, people who used to come to her house stopped coming, a small store that a family ran in the village was closed down, and those who helped on the farm eventually left. Eventually, the Nazis ordered that Jewish children were no longer allowed to go to school. Under those circumstances, Edith’s mother then decided to get Edith and her sister out of Germany. In fact, her mother was able to find 2 families living next door to each other that were willing
On July 1942 the Frank family went into hiding in a attic apartment right behind Otto Frank's business most of his employees including Miep Gies and her husband Jan a dutch worker helped smuggle food and news from the outside world and other supplies. Miep and Jan had also spend the night with the Frank family to see what it was like up their.
The German police chief lined them up and began transporting everyone to the extermination camp in Treblinka. As they lined up to board the trains, a Nazi officer stoped in front of Isaac and told him to get out of the line. He was paralyzed with fear as he watched his mother, sister, and two beautiful nieces board the cattle wagons. The door slammed shut on them and the lines of people continued to move forward onto the next wagon. Somehow he won a ticket to live that day and knew he should get out of there fast. But just ahead of him, he saw Rosa - the beautiful, kind, selfless girl from his building. Isaac realized he must act no matter what the cost. He mustered up all the confidence left in him and told the officer, “that’s my sister. I want to be with her.” The Nazi approached Rosa and asked if Isaac was her brother. She said yes and, sure enough, the Nazi allowed her to get out of line and leave with Isaac. Later on, they survived together working as slaves in an ammunition factory for 4 years. That line to Treblinka was not the last time they escaped death, but the hope they found was able to put all their miseries aside. Rosa never once doubted the true love they had for each other and was, therefore, eager to get married in the ghetto despite the risk they would be taking. She was confident that they would survive and she is still
As the women walk through the house, they begin to get a feel for what Mrs. Wright’s life is like. They notice things like the limited kitchen space, the broken stove, and the broken jars of fruit and begin to realize the day-to-day struggles that Mrs. Wright endured. The entire house has a solemn, depressing atmosphere. Mrs. Hale regretfully comments that, for this reason and the fact that Mr. Wright is a difficult man to be around, she never came to visit her old friend, Mrs. Wright.
Behind the men in a subservient position are two ladies. One is Mrs. Hale, the neighbor's wife who is large and "comfortable looking" and Mrs. Peters, the Sheriff's wife, who is "thin and wiry with a thin, nervous face". Mrs. Peters enters ahead of Mrs. Hale, but both women hang back near the door, while the men go directly to the stove and make a show of warming themselves. In these scene directions, Mrs. Glaspell has already made the reader see a cheerless place to live, cold weather and a culture of women in the background.
No one has survived to tell her story firsthand, but over many years historians have been able to piece together the incredible truth. Karolina Juszczykowska was born in Budków, Poland, in 1898. There is little information on Juszczykowska’s childhood, but we do know that she had a very modest one. During her testimony in court she was quoted as saying, "I never went to school. Until I was 13 years old I lived with my parents, and then went to Germany where I worked for 5 years for a farmer in Mecklenburg [a region in Northern Germany]… then I returned to Budkow, where I stayed with my sister until 1934. I helped my sister with farm work. In 1934 I moved to Tomaschow. Until the outbreak of the war I made a living in road construction. Subsequently I had different jobs, as laundress, maid, etc., and until my arrest I worked in the kitchen of OT (Organization Todt) in Tomaszow.” (http://www.yadvashem.org) Karolina told her interrogators that six weeks prior to her arrest she had met two young men on the street. They asked her to hide them, and they promised to pay her 300 Zloty per week for both of them. She decided to accept their offer. Karolina stated she hid them out of a need for money, not necessarily to help. They slept on the floor at night, and when she would go to work, she locked them in her small apartment. Juszczykowska told her interrogators that one of her
I'm going to tell you a little story about Lisl Winternitz and about her life.”some non-Jews hid Jewish children and sometimes, as in the case of Anna Frank,hid other family members as well”(myjewishlearning.com). Lisl Winternitz was born in may 7, 1926. She lived in Prague, Czechoslovakia. Lisl was the youngest of two children born to a Jewish family in the Czechoslovakian capital of Prague. Lisl’s family lived on Karlova Street in the karlin district of the city. Liesl's father owned a wholesale business that sold floor coverings. When Liesl's was 12 she went to school and her teacher shouted at her, “You dirty, filthy Jew!” and then spat at her face. They weren’t allowed in any public place and their ration cards were stamped with a red
Sima Gleichgewicht-Wasser, she was born and raised in Warsaw. She was raised in a traditional Jewish home. On the 15 November, 1940, the germans opened a ghetto called Legionowo, 16 miles northeast of Warsaw. She worked as a smuggler to get food to her family. The police stopped her many times and confiscated her food. One time a german guard stopped her and try to make her admit she was Jewish but she never did so he got a German Shepard to bite her and tear pieces of her skin off to make her admit but she never did. One day Sima snuck out and on her way back acquaintance stopped her and told her don't go back where her family was that the ghetto was liquidated. After that day October 4, 1942, she never saw her family again. She had to find a new place to
On February 28th, 1944, the “Secret room” got its first and only time to actually hide the 7 Jews in the ten Boom household. It seemed, somehow,
Marie’s case is a tragic one. Maries love for her husband begins strong; she is madly in love with him, but the labor that he puts into the land changes him into a hard man which she can no longer love. It is the land, the great American dream, that changes Frank and it is the land, which strips Marie of all love for him. When she falls in love with Emil,
The Germans came to their household and took her father away because they needed someone to help them on how to run a factory. The mother decided to leave to Kozlowa Gora and take the three younger daughters with her. That left Irena and Janine with Aunt Helen.
Two minor characters in this novel also decide to live depressing lifestyles after losing their loved ones. They are Mr. Black in the apartment above Oskar and Ruth Black in the Empire State building. These two feel they cannot function anymore and hid from the world. Mr. Black has not left his apartment in “twenty-four years” because “there hasn’t been any reason too” now that his wife died (162.) He turned off his hearing aids “a long, long time ago…[to] save batteries” (165.) Oskar finds tree stumps in his bed that contain nails representing each day his wife had been dead. The man is over 100 years old and has been through so much in his life. He explains that for most of it he was at ward and “treated [his wife] as though she didn’t matter.” The bed was “the first thing [he] got her when he came back”(161.) As Mr. Black continues to put nails in it and shut the world out, he is always thinking of his wife. He no longer explores or interacts because she is not there.
While the women continue to gather items, they notice details such as a roughed up bird cage, and an unfinished, poorly stitched quilt which begin to piece together the story leading up to Mr. Wright’s murder. Mrs. Hale begins to feel guilty imagining the loneliness Mrs. Wright must had felt living alone with cold Mr. Wright without even a child to keep her company for so many years. She confesses to Mrs. Peters, “I could've come. I stayed away because it weren't cheerful--and that's why I ought to have come. I--I've never liked this place. Maybe because it's down
During the devastating time of World War II, a Jewish teenage girl wrote a diary about the gruesome events she witnessed, this diary was named, Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank. Anne Frank lived in Holland and went into hiding when her sister, Margot, got a letter to go to a reception camp. The Franks faced terrifying moments during hiding. They witnessed war outside their window and stayed in the same house without even going outside for about two years.To add on, the Franks had to keep in mind how every day they could be arrested or even die. Sadly Anne and her family are arrested and are sent to Auschwitz, a concentration camp where she would later die. While in hiding, the Franks and the Van Daans, who were also in hiding with them,