Simcha Rotem

In the morning, about 4 a.m. we saw German army approaching from the side of Nalewki St. Tanks, armored cars, guns and columns of SS-men on motorcycles.

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In the morning, about 4 a.m. we saw German army approaching from the side of Nalewki St. Tanks, armored cars, guns and columns of SS-men on motorcycles. „They are going as on war” – I said to the girl standing next to me. I felt how weak we were, how small our forces were. All we had were revolvers and granades. […]

In our area of Szczotkarze it was quiet. Before evening Germans called everyone to appear to work, ensuring them that here there would be no action. Liaisons brought news of battles in the central ghetto and other events of the last days. They saw dead Germans with their own eyes. The news sparked me even more. I wanted to act. Shortly it all began also in our region.

Simcha Rotem “Kazik”, April 19th 1943, Warsaw


S. Rotem, „Wspomnienia bojowca ŻOB” [Memories of the Jewish Combat Organization], Warsaw 1993

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