Thursday, April 12, 2018

Jewish Children From Poland Orphaned After the War

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DP Camps: Polish Jewish children, many of whom are orphaned, en route to safety in American Zones of Austria and Germany. Prague, Czechoslovakia. c. 1946. In a post (“No Return”) for the Azrieli Foundation’s Holocaust Survivor Memoirs Program, Michael Kutz [born in 1930 in Nieśwież, Poland], a teenager during this time, shares why he wanted to leave the nation of his birth, Poland, a common view of the majority of Jews: “I didn’t believe that there was any future for the surviving Jews in Poland. Before the war, during a thousand years of Jewish life in Poland, the Yiddish language and culture had flourished, and Jews had helped to build the country for the benefit of all the Polish people. Nevertheless, part of that Polish population had helped the Nazis execute their plans to annihilate the Jews. There were, of course, exceptions — during the Warsaw ghetto uprising Jews received support from Polish comrades in the resistance, and some Polish families had hidden Jews, including many children, although some were well paid by those they hid. The Catholic Church in Poland and Pope Pius XII, however, had been silent about the destruction of the Jews of Poland.” The DP camps, notably those administered by the Americans, were better than what preceded it, but this only a temporary measure. It was still in Europe, where memories were easily triggered.  Michael Kutz arrived in Canada on March 21, 1948, at Halifax’s Pier 21, where he started his new life. For more, go [here] and [here] and [here] and [here].

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