By Morris Wyszogrod
During this memoir Morris Wyszogrod recounts his stories from the time of the Nazi invasion of Poland to the liberation of the Theresienstadt focus camp in 1945. He describes intimately the time he spent within the Warsaw Ghetto; his paintings as an artist for varied Luftwaffe group of workers on the Warsaw army airport; his reviews on the Budzyn focus camp, the place he was once assigned to accessorize the residing quarters of the SS and to supply drawings at an orgiastic Oktoberfest; his elimination to Plaszow, the place he used to be positioned to paintings digging up mass graves and burning the our bodies to get rid of the facts of Nazi battle crimes; his witnessing of the firebombing of Dresden in February 1945; and his next liberation at Theresienstadt by means of the pink military in may possibly 1945. simply as an artist may possibly sign up what he or she sees opposed to a delicate visible and ethical template, so Wyszogrod doubly registered what he observed and felt, either in his drawings and in his stories.
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Having all those instruments at home was irresistible. When we were a little older, in the early 1930s, we organized little musical bands. Pesach played the trumpet, and sometimes the drums. Shlomo played the cymbals. Esther Raizl didn't play any instruments but she liked to sing. I played various instruments mainly by ear: the accordion, the clarinet, the banjo, or the mandolin, my favorite. None of us was interested in being a musician, we just wanted to blow the hell out of the instruments and have a good time.
James Peltz, senior editor at SUNYPress, for his interest and efforts in publishing my memoir. Finally, my daughter, Diane Wyshogrod Zlotogorski, devoted all her strength and talent to editing my story. Ours was an unforgettable partnership. We read and reread, wrote and rewrote, laughed and cried together. All along, she never stopped insisting that I tell my story in my own words, in my own way. Page ix Prologue Spring, 1942, in the Warsaw Ghetto, the third year of the war. Passover was approaching, and as always, it was time to prepare for the holiday of our deliverance.
I never forgot. I will never forget. I will never forgive them for what they did to us, and I will continue to remember forever and ever. The Shfoch Chamoscho was finished. I looked around the table. My brother Pesach looked half dead. He was slumped over the table, his chin hooked over its edge, his hands hanging down by his sides to the floor. Shlomo, sitting next to him, and my sister, across the table, were exhausted. They looked like skeletons, their faces, ash gray. Their legs were like matches, like narrow pipes, with big balloons below the ankles where fluid accumulated.