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Bruce Drake
 

At the end of each week, we have been featuring excerpts from Yizkor books in JewishGen's archive. You can find the archive of past Yizkor book excerpts here: https://bit.ly/3aCH1ak. If you are not familiar with the JewishGen Yizkor Book Project, please click on this link: http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/faq.html
What must it be like to think your freedom is at hand, after enduring the horrors of Dachau, only to have that belief dashed?
“Journey to Life” from the Yizkor book of Radom (Poland) takes place as the American Seventh Army was converging on Dachau. The SS began to evacuate the Jews, loading them on a train where they endured more discomfort than during all the years in the camps.
At one point, the passengers, certain of their impending deaths, were let off the train and were stunned when a large truck pulled up with loaves of bread for them.
“Oh, what a day! All could not be well with the Third Reich. Such a feast could be equated only with the imminent defeat of Germany.” And, one German officer announced in a loud voice: “Kamraden. Hitler is dead! You are free! You are free to go where you please. The war is over!”
Suddenly, they heard the familiar whistles of the SS men who surrounded them. They were prisoners again.
But salvation was soon to come.
You can find the book here: https://bit.ly/3qRcjRZ

The full Radom book is now available in print. You can find details on how to order it here:
At the end of each week, we have been featuring excerpts from Yizkor books in JewishGen's archive. You can find the archive of past Yizkor book excerpts here: https://bit.ly/3aCH1ak. If you are not familiar with the JewishGen Yizkor Book Project, please click on this link: http://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/faq.html
What must it be like to think your freedom is at hand, after enduring the horrors of Dachau, only to have that belief dashed?
“Journey to Life” from the Yizkor book of Radom (Poland) takes place as the American Seventh Army was converging on Dachau. The SS began to evacuate the Jews, loading them on a train where they endured more discomfort than during all the years in the camps.
At one point, the passengers, certain of their impending deaths, were let off the train and were stunned when a large truck pulled up with loaves of bread for them.
“Oh, what a day! All could not be well with the Third Reich. Such a feast could be equated only with the imminent defeat of Germany.” And, one German officer announced in a loud voice: “Kamraden. Hitler is dead! You are free! You are free to go where you please. The war is over!”
Suddenly, they heard the familiar whistles of the SS men who surrounded them. They were prisoners again.
But salvation was soon to come.
You can find the book here: https://bit.ly/3qRcjRZ
The full Radom book in translation is now available in print. You can find details on how to order it here: https://www.jewishgen.org/yizkor/ybip/YBIP_Radom.html



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Bruce Drake
Silver Spring, MD

Researching: DRACH, EBERT, KIMMEL, ZLOTNICK
Towns: Wojnilow, Kovel