Eyewitness

I came here in 1946. I was lucky.

Uncle Abram had some pull with the State Department. He had a job for me and a place to live. After a couple years, I got my own apartment on Amsterdam next door to Orwasher Bakery where I worked.

In those days, you’d often see the Nazi tattoos given us at the camps. Some were ashamed and tried to hide them in long sleeves, but I didn’t care. I saw mine as a scar, the same as if I’d survived a fire.

These days you seldom see one at all. People are forgetting.

 

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10 Replies to “Eyewitness”

  1. The survivors are dying of old age, and their stories with them. And, inconceivably, Rochelle is right. The monster is rearing its hideous head.

  2. The monster is still there, and it’s not only Jews it’s after – it’s persecuting Christians now., in India, China, Korea, Africa to name just some.

    1. That’s horseshit. You getting this information from Fox News? I think likening anything to the Holocaust is shaky ground, unless you talk in millions. Hutus and Tutsis killed more than 800,000 with Machetes. Stalin killed perhaps 20 million. Churchill starved out 3 million Indians in 1943. The US killed a million Iraqis since 2003. None of these compare to the organized slaughter of every Jew in Europe. You need to check that nonsense at the door.

  3. “Some were ashamed and tried to hide them in long sleeves, but I didn’t care. I saw mine as a scar, the same as if I’d survived a fire.” A very thought provoking line! Well done.

  4. Good that you did not hide your tattoo. It is nothing to be ashamed of. Those who did this to you should be ashamed. People are not forgetting. May be pain is not as acute.

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