This week's Yizkor book excerpt on the JewishGen Facebook page #general

Bruce Drake <BDrake@...>

There were no good choices for Jews after Germany and the Soviet Union signed the
Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact of 1939 that carved up Poland, Lithuania and other
countries into spheres of influence. (A main German aim in the pact was the
"nonaggression" agreement between the two countries that allowed Germany to turn
its attention to other targets - until Hitler ended it by attacking Soviet
positions in Poland). As Germany tightened its grip on Poland, many Polish Jews
sought refuge in Soviet-occupied Lithuania. Among them were the Drucker brothers
who found themselves "lost, wet, hungry and exhausted" along the Polish-Lithuanian
border. That was only the start of their hardships, according to "Residence in
Siberia," a chapter >from the Yizkor book of Jordanow in southern Poland, 30 miles
south of Krakow. First they were betrayed by a farmer at the border and turned over
to the Soviets who detained them in prison and then condemned them to three years
forced labor. After what seemed like a "never-ending" trip of many weeks in railway
cars with barred windows, they arrived at a camp where lack of food, lack of
medicine and harsh weather caused many prisoners to be sick and physically drained
by the hard work. This is the story of the Druckers' ordeal and that of those who
suffered along with them, and how they learned to cope and survive..


Bruce Drake
Silver Spring, MD

Towns: Wojnilow, Kovel

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