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34 APRIL 11, 1980 25 NISAN 5740, ORLANDO 2nd Class postage paid at Fern Park. FL 8banrlptlol le Flwlda addTouss: with adidglenzl entry at Orlando, FL Sand address ', chzndss to P.O. Pox 742, Fern Park. FL32730 $11 thlrsshmdarpsst, pnl.rlltadtherssllor SINGLE COPY 35 -- The Piles of taken from at Ausc h- they were humiliated and death, are on in one of the barracks at (above left). With names of victims cover at the Yeshiva Holocaust in Jerusalem right). Women a Nazi camp guarded by kapos trustees) and march to destination... :# Yom Hashoah--Aprli 13 Remembering 6,000,000 Jews The Israeli Knesset passed a resolution on April 12, 195] proclaiming the 27th day of Nisan (April 13) as "'Holocaust and Ghetto Uprising Remembrance Day." The 27th of Nisan was chosen because it falls between the date of the Warsaw Ghetto Updsidg (which began the first day of Passover) and the Israel War of Independence Remem- brance Day on lyyar 4 (April 20 and because it occurs during the mourning of the Counting of the Omer. The Orlando Jewish com- munity will hold a commemoration program the Holocaust this Sun., Apr. 13. 7:30 p.m., at Congr. of Liberal Judaism. I' 4 ,-|I- P" of a Holocaust Survivor Greenspun Remembers Her Childhood Linda Amon) t One aun has a a story of torture resident Helen is a Holocaust he wants to tell "our should know I hope should not but it could Jewish people and guard :ved screams of " arld I want to tell the Jewish ot let another Ppen. I pray it my children children and Wish people what I went a child and I anyone else Helen's story begins in a little town in Poland, not far from Kelce. She was 12 years-old in 1939 when World War II began. She remembers before the war seeing signs in Polish that read: "Don't buy from Jews, Jews are dirty,-Jews are cheaters." "Before the war we had a little store and sold wheat brought by farmers. We were not rich," Helen remembers, "but we were never poor. I was never hungry." But the year the war broke out the store was closed. "They said it was because the store wasn't clean." The "misery"' really began when the Germans came into town. "We heard that the Germans were going to cut off the tongue of all the men. During the night my father and oldest brother packed knapsacks and were ready to leave. But as they were ready to leave my father decided 'no, fve worked all my life and now I have to leave my family and I won't do,it,' so my brother didn't go either. Maybe if they went to Russia. that night, my father would be alive or maybe not... I don't know." A few days later "we heard shots from Jewish police- men.., one a friend of brother. Shots were returned. The Germans found out who did the shoot- ing.., they took the whole family.., they killed them... they didn't ask any questions." When the shooting began, Helen's father took his family to an orchard a few houses away. There was a wooden fence he spread apart and pushed his family through. "My mother was the first and then the kids Suddenly I heard a shot. and the scream and the blood and the moan., this fll never forget as long as I live. And I heard a scream and I screamed 'Ma! Ma!' and all the children screamed "Ma!' We , thought it was my mother.., but it wasn't. Itwas a young man that just got married a few months before the war and his wife was pregnant and beautiful and one of the richest families in town." Later Polstoich (Germans living within the Polish border) announced by loud- speakers that nobody will be harmed and everyone should come out with their hands up. All ammunitions should be handed over. Houses would be searched. Any ammunition found that was not handed over would mean death to the house- hold. "We went back to our house and they put us in the backyard with our hands up," Helen remembers. "There were nne people in our family--seven kids and parents-in some families it was more. some less. There was one German to a family and in front of us was a machine gun. My father, (Continued on Page 6) HELEN GREENSPUN