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Wisconsin Survivors of the Holocaust Interviews

1. Prewar Life in Europe

School days in 1920s Poland

Pela Alpert recalls elementary school in prewar Poland

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"Well, I have to say that, that when I was a little girl, that's all, when I remember that my folks, we lived in a small town, and I grew up, I had a very happy childhood, because I was the youngest of seven children.

They were all much older than I was, and my folks were set very well, and as I grew up and I start understanding, I was going to a school, a public school and there were a lot of Jewish people.

Our home was very Orthodox. I was going to a Hebrew school after public school. And our Sabbath was very holy and our father was very strict about it.

Of course, I had Gentile friends — girls and boys that I was going to school with and after I start understanding, we were pointed out as Jewish, you know, that we were Jewish people. But, this didn't affect so much in this town until we, you know, until because the majority of people in this town were Jewish.

But in, let's see, in 1930 we could just feel, in 1931, we could feel this type of flowing in from in — Nazi thing. You could feel it. That there was anti-Semitism growing more."

Alpert Interview, Tape 1, Side 1
Transcript page 4 (PDF, 345 KB)

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