By Arek Hersh MBE
How do you live on while you’re eleven years outdated and all of your relatives were taken from you and killed? How do you still stay, whilst every little thing round you is designed to make sure definite demise? Arek Hersh tells his tale easily and in truth, a relocating account of a bit boy who made his personal success and survived. he is taking us into the tragic international imposed on him that robbed him of his early life. The intensity of the tragedy, power of braveness and tool of survival will flow you and encourage you. opposite to assertions that the Holocaust years have been a trifling ‘detail of history’, Arek Hersh offers us a glimpse into the best disaster that guy has ever inflicted on his fellow guy.
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Arek Hersh was only thirteen years old when he was brought to the little Polish Catholic church in Sieradz. Along with his mother, older sister and brother, aunties, uncles, cousins and members of the Jewish community, he was herded in amongst the pews to await his fate. Arek decided to leave the building to beg for water for his family. As he entered the courtyard, he was ordered to join a group selected to work elsewhere. From the moment he stepped out of the church, he never saw his family again.
This would have been taken to the Jewish baker early on Friday afternoon before the Sabbath; for a small payment, he would put the Cholent into his oven and cook it very slowly. The Cholent, eaten on Saturday, always tasted wonderful. On Saturday afternoons, if the weather was fine, the entire family - and many other Jewish families - would go to the park, where I would play with my friends or take a stroll with my parents down to the river Warta. All this was to leave a great impression on me - the family life, the sense of belonging, the customs, and the love we had for one another and for our neighbours.
All this was to leave a great impression on me - the family life, the sense of belonging, the customs, and the love we had for one another and for our neighbours. It is a much cherished part of my growing up, my heritage and my life. My favourite of all Jewish festivals was Purim, which comes usually around February or March. The story of Purim is about the deliverance of the Persian Jews from the hands of a terrible oppressor called Haman. When this festival came around, I would go to the synagogue with my father, holding in one hand a flag covered in different pictures with a red apple stuck on top of it, and in the other hand a gregger - wooden rattle - which, when twirled around, made the most dreadful noise.
A Detail of History: The harrowing true story of a boy who survived the Nazi Holocaust by Arek Hersh MBE