By Arek Hersh MBE
How do you live to tell the tale while you’re eleven years previous and all of your kinfolk were taken from you and killed? How do you still dwell, whilst every thing round you is designed to make sure definite loss of life? Arek Hersh tells his tale easily and in truth, a relocating account of a bit boy who made his personal good fortune and survived. he is taking us into the tragic international imposed on him that robbed him of his formative years. The intensity of the tragedy, power of braveness and tool of survival will flow you and encourage you. opposite to assertions that the Holocaust years have been an insignificant ‘detail of history’, Arek Hersh offers us a glimpse into the best disaster that guy has ever inflicted on his fellow guy.
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When columns of soldiers carrying guns passed by on their way to manoeuvres, my friends and I used to march behind the columns, carrying pieces of wood on our shoulders in place of guns. We used to watch, in admiration, the ceremony of swearing allegiance to Poland, held in the market square with lines of infantry and cavalry all lined up in uniform. I was born in 1928, the fourth in a family of five children. The eldest was my sister Mania, a dynamic, intelligent and ambitious girl, who at the age of fifteen went to live in Pabianice with my Uncle Benjamin and Aunt Hela as there were more opportunities there for her than there were in Sieradz.
We walked through some orchards and picked some fruit as we were getting low on food. There was very little bread left and as there were no shops in the villages, we had to make haste for Lask where we hoped to buy some provisions before dusk. At last the town came into view. Everything looked so peaceful, but we found, when we got there, that the shops were closed. Our first task was to find a place to sleep and to wash and to be able to put our luggage down. That, especially, seemed important; the longer we walked, the heavier our legs seemed to get.
The night passed peacefully, and the next morning I went into the yard that was at the back of my cousin’s house. At the end of the yard was a fence and then fields, growing maize. Suddenly there came the deafening roar of engines as several planes started dive-bombing. I looked up and saw the German Cross on the planes’ fuselages. There were no Polish planes in sight or any sound of anti-aircraft guns to be heard. The planes started strafing and dropping bombs all around, and then wave after wave of other planes came, filling the sky, their noise deafening.