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Moishe Felman (holocaust victim) Essay

Moishe was born in 1926, he started to attended school in 1933 and at the time his parents had a Grain shop. Moishe was raised in a religious Jewish home in Sokołów Podlaski, Poland and he spoke Yiddish. Sokolow Podlaski at the time was home to a large population of Jews before World War 2.

In 1939 Moishe was 13 and he was going to attend another year of Elementary but everything changed when the Germans attacked on September 1, 1939. First the germans started to bomb all the markets in Sokołów Podlaski and then the German troops entered the town on September 20. Three days after the troops have arrived they set fire to main synagogue ( The building where a Jewish assembly or congregation meets for religious observance and instruction. ) When all of of this was happening the Germans also confiscated Moishes family’s Grain Business.

On 1940-42 the Germans imposed restrictions on the Jews, eventually ordering them to wear an identifying Jewish star on their clothing. On September 28, 1941, the Germans set up a ghetto ( A part of a city, occupied by a minority group or groups ) all over Poland, Moishe and his family was taken into these ghettos he only could have taken a certain amount of items such as clothes and food. It was really uncomfortable for Moishe due to the fact that every single Jews in his part of the country was taken into the ghettos. About a year later, on September 13, 1942 the Day of Atonement, the Germans began to round up the people in the ghettos, those who resisted or tried to hide were shot. Moishe, his mother and sister were herded onto the boxcar of a train.

In the boxcar of the train was really uncomfortable. All the Jews from the ghetto where in there and it got really crowded. The people in the boxcar usually alternated to go to sleep/ or rest. The Germans didn’t hand out food, so the food that people had packed before they were sent to the ghettos where all that they had. It was a long ride but they eventually got to the Treblinka extermination camp on September 22, 1942. Moishe and the other Jews were gassed there shortly after arriving.

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