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HERITAGE, Florida Jewish News, April 6, 1979 Page 27 d Prisoner Reports ,sit With' (;uardian Angel' NUDEL months ago. Ica, considered the angel," was herself banished to Siberia a banner from her Moscow balcony Levenson has now arrived in Israel mpressions, translated by the Student wr 9. small village, hidden in the Siberia, in the swamps and forests. with snow. A truly cursed ,fter a couple of kilometers there houses; even the muddy road had forest. In the distance, lights could be in front of an old barrack with small PeOple I met were two drunkards arguinq RE FRAMING While You Waft Made Frames) ORT PHOTOS 1 hile You Wait NIAL Photo & Hobby rlando 841-1485 about something, unleashing a string of obscenities. I knocked at the door, whose missing lock was replaced by a catch. "Ida, open the door. It's me, Sender." On the threshold a thin little woman appeared. Her wide-open eyes sparkled feverishly. She pressed herself against my chest, her shoulders quivering as she cried. It grew dark, and we lit a candle. It was Rosh Hashanah eve. "L'Shanah Habah 'Yerushalagim -- Next year in Jerusalem!" Tears again filled Ida's eyes. Through the cracks in the window the wind was blowing and the candlelight flickered. Behind the door, the drunks' argument had turned into a fight. We could hear the cracking sounds of a chair being broken. Someone was calling for help. "Who lives in this barracl Are there other women here?" "There are mostly criminals here -- murderers and bandits. They are not permitted to live in the cities. They've lost their human face. Permanent drunkeness has debased them completely. Alter their horrible work in the peat bogs, they find their only pleasure in drinking. They drink anything, even eau de cologne and furniture varnish. They've tried many times to break into my room. When I go to bed I always have a knife under my pillow. Of course, I won't be able to kill them, but at least I can kill myself. Yes, this knife is for myself," Ida whispered. "At my work they call me a spy. They don't talk to me. To them r m a zhid, an enemy that has to be fought ruthlessly. I remember an incident while being transported here. Two women held my hands and a third one, a lunatic, beat me. She broke my glasses. I "couldn't see anything. I tried to defend myself, but..." I looked at this frail little woman, and ! couldn't imagine how she could find so much inner strength. I know Ida has heart disease and permanent trouble with her stomach. She is completely exhausted. When I asked her about her health she didn't answer, but at a moment when she believed I wasn't watching she took a pill. She is not accustomed to complaining. We sat and talked the whole Rosh Hashanah night till dawn. In the morning I went to the common washstand. There was vomit in the comer. I wanted to get some water for tea, but the water came out rusty and dirty. 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