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Bruce Drake

Yekhiel Kirshnbaum remembers that after the Germans had been defeated,there were
Jews who believed they could return home and live peacefully in Poland even after
the brutal experiences of Nazi rule and the war. He tried and found that turned out
to be an illusion. I too had fooled myself.His chapter >from the Yizkor book of
Minsk-Mazowiecki fittingly is titled City Without Jews. He had survived a pogrom
in Minsk where a beating by hooligans put him in a cast for nine months, and then
hid out until the liberation in the Praga district of Warsaw. Returning to Minsk,
he walked the city without meeting a single familiar and cheerful face and where
people looked at him as if he was a madman. He tried carving out a life in
the new Poland for the next 24 years and decided it was a mistake. It's good that
nothing will ever again bring me back to this place which has become so strange to
me, he writes. He left for Israel in 1968.


Bruce Drake
Silver Spring MD

Towns: Wojnilow, Kovel