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A Mother’s Shoah, Terror

Terror

Executed_by_the_SS-Ukraine1942

Executed by the Waffen SS, Ukraine 1942.

Here the shrieks and cries of pain filled the night with terror. The list, containing the names from Tapolca, our hometown, was without doubt forwarded to the Gestapo by the Hungarian Arrow Cross. It might have been a premonition, but just before we were transported away into the ghetto I’d gone to see our attorney Dr. Pék and arranged with him to have our names removed from that list, that is “if there were such a list”. He did promise to intervene on our behalf and actually succeeded, because the highly esteemed local Arrow Cross militia held no grudge against us. This was not the case with a number of other people he’d tried to get off the list, as he relayed to me when we were being marched off to the cattle boxcars from the ghetto.