by Basia, as told to Liane Clorfene-Caisten

Please Papa: Help Me

A Week in the Warsaw Ghetto 

Warsaw Ghetto, Fall 1941
My family and I are squeezed into one room of a six room apartment—forced from our beautiful home. We can bring with us so little, just what can fit on the back of a flat cart. The Germans continue to round up Jews from the entire countryside: Soon six other families share our kitchen (so different from the one where my mother alone made our Shabbos dinner), and six other families share our bathroom (so different from the one right next to my own bedroom where I used to bathe in luxury whenever I chose).

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Women’s Holocaust Manuscripts

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Please Papa: Help Me

by Basia, as told to Liane Clorfene-Caisten

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