By Morris Wyszogrod
During this memoir Morris Wyszogrod recounts his stories from the time of the Nazi invasion of Poland to the liberation of the Theresienstadt focus camp in 1945. He describes intimately the time he spent within the Warsaw Ghetto; his paintings as an artist for varied Luftwaffe team of workers on the Warsaw army airport; his reviews on the Budzyn focus camp, the place he used to be assigned to accessorize the dwelling quarters of the SS and to supply drawings at an orgiastic Oktoberfest; his elimination to Plaszow, the place he used to be positioned to paintings digging up mass graves and burning the our bodies to get rid of the proof of Nazi battle crimes; his witnessing of the firebombing of Dresden in February 1945; and his next liberation at Theresienstadt via the pink military in could 1945. simply as an artist could check in what he or she sees opposed to a delicate visible and ethical template, so Wyszogrod doubly registered what he observed and felt, either in his drawings and in his thoughts.
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People were streaming out of their houses into the streets. We tried to listen to the news on our small crystal radio but the sounds from Hoycher Moyshe, Tall Moshe's candy store across the street drowned out the earphones. He had turned the loudspeaker of his store radio toward the street so we could all hear Polish Radio announce that war had broken out and mobilization was under way. Certain age groups were told to report immediately for military duty. A few hours later, Page 26 posters with the same information appeared.
We thought it would be safer there because surely the Germans would respect the sanctity of a church and not bomb it. (And in fact, the church did survive the war. It witnessed the destruction of the entire Jewish ghetto, and the destruction of Warsaw in the 1944 Polish uprising. ) Toward the late afternoon, we came back to our own apartment and decided to stay there. Whenever the sirens announced another air raid, we would rush down to the basement of our building. ) The building was owned by three Jewish partners, Ber, Kirszencweig, and Wajnberg.
Whenever the sirens announced another air raid, we would rush down to the basement of our building. ) The building was owned by three Jewish partners, Ber, Kirszencweig, and Wajnberg. Wajnberg lived just below us on the second floor with his three sons and two daughters. ) Sometime during those first weeks of the war, we set up a prayer room in the Wajnberg apartment. We thought we would be safer on a lower floor if a bomb hit the building. But, two weeks later on Rosh Hashanah, when the Germans targeted the Jewish sector with particularly heavy bombing, we had to stop praying there as well and run down to the cellar.
A brush with death: an artist in the death camps by Morris Wyszogrod