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Wisconsin Survivors of the Holocaust Interviews

9. Postwar Life & Immigration

A survivor's kindergartener comes home in tears

Cyla Stundel's family was massacred by the Nazis in 1942 — A dozen years later, her young daughter experienced the repercussions

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"The first time, when she went to kindergarten, she was there and the teacher asked they should raise their hands who had aunt, uncle, grandpa, grandmother, every child raise their hands and she couldn't do it.

And she came home, she cried very much.

And I asked her, 'Why are you crying? What happened?'

And she said, 'Mama, everybody raise their hands and where is my grandma and grandpa and my uncle and aunts? And I couldn't raise it.'

She knew that I don't have nobody and she cried terrible.

And then, I had a lady live downstairs, she was Welsh, very nice people and she ran upstairs and she said, 'What happened? Why is Gloria,' — they gave her a nickname, Gloria — 'Why is Gloria crying?'

And I told her, 'You know, they ask at school and she couldn't answer this. She couldn't raise her hand.'

And this was a Gentile woman, she told, 'From now on, don't cry.'

'I'll be your grandma and grandpa will be your grandpa too and call me Nain' — in Welsh grandma that means Nain — 'Call me Nain and grandpa and you'll be my big [grand] daughter to me,' she said."

Stundel Interview, Tape 4, Side 1
Transcript page 66 (PDF, 450 KB)

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