The day was normal, at night we were all scared, the enemy is looking for us everywhere...

The day was normal, at night we were all scared, the enemy is looking for us everywhere.

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The day was normal, at night we were all scared, the enemy is looking for us everywhere. They are listening, knocking, walking everywhere; our defence is being as quiet as possible and remaining calm.

At 12, I began duty with Mr. Tabacznik. We can hear that the enemy is doing something near the wall of the house, preparing something. The sound of exploding grenades is getting closer and closer. Suddenly, a terrible boom, the walls have shaken; almost everyone jumped out of their beds. Nothing happened, though. Once again we are all completely silent.

[...] Today, we did not share coffee, as in Mr. Sowa’s shelter a water pipe broke and he turned the water off. For the first time, we are using water from our well. The water is only for cooking as for 2 months it has not been filtered. Our shelter is like a bathhouse, namely, it is so hot in here. The lack of air is getting bigger.

Anonymous, 30th April, 1943, Warsaw

Diary from Adolf Berman’s collections assembled at the Ghetto Fighter’s House in Israel.

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