Tom Venetianer <tom.vene@...>
Peter and all,
You wouldn't believe the things Jews did to protect themselves and
their families. Besides non-forced conversions, which for a certain
time offered a given degree of immunity against deportations, people
did extraordinary things, such as "plastic surgeries" to reconstruct boys'
foreskins. I don't know how successful these surgeries were but I am
certain that they were done. Why? Because the first thing the
Nazi/Gestapo bastards did on a razia was to take down the men's pants
and examine their genitals.
An episode in question, that happened to me and my family: my parents and
I were escaping >from the Nazi forces and travelled by train, which was
always a very risky thing to do. On one station, a Gestapo razia was in
progress. Fearing for my life, my parents tried to hide me somehow.
In one of the waiting rooms was a coal stove, not functioning. Although it
was a very narrow space to hide a 7 years old boy, my parents stick me in
and I stayed there for over two hours, compressed as a sardine inside a can.
You ask if trying to save offsprings worked? Sometimes it did, sometimes
it didn't. It depended on many circumstances - the old saying of
"being in the right place at the right time" or vice-versa applies.
So yes, I would definitively believe the story you were told. What seems
a bit strange is that the young man was accepted in the German air force.
As far as I know, half Jews (one parent Jew) and even a quarter Jew
(one of the grandparents being a Jew) were all classified by the Nazis as
"mischlingen" (mixed breed) and all Jewish laws, of course including
deportation, applied to them.
Subject: Lying about paternity to protect offspring in 1930sTom Venetianer <mailto:tom.vene@...>
Sao Paulo - Brazil