Abraham Lewin’s Diary

Today, before the noon, a Jewish woman with two, small children came through the hole in the wall next to our house.

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Today, before the noon, a Jewish woman with two, small children came through the hole in the wall next to our house. [...] She comes from Lublin. Today in the morning with her husband and children she set off by train to Warsaw. They pretended to be Aryan. In Otwock a military policemen recognized her husband as a Jew and took him away from the train and shot immediately under her presence. She was so strong that she did not show she had some relationship with him. She continued the journey and with her children got through the wall to the ghetto.[...]

The Germans still shoot films in the ghetto. Today, in Szulc restaurant, on the corner of Leszno Street and Nowolipki Street, they set up a scene like that. They brought the detainees, typical Jews, well-dressed, and women also well-dressed. They sat them by the tables and ordered (billing Gmina) the most expensive dishes and beverages: meat, fish, drinks, white bread and other delicacies. The Jews were eating while the Germans were filming. What is the purpose of this? It is easy to guess. Let the world see in what paradise the Jews live. They gobble fish and goose, drink liqueur and wine.

Abraham Lewin, the 19th May 1942, Warsaw.

A. Lewin, “A Diary of the Warsaw Ghetto”, Biuletyn ŻIH no 19–20 1956; diary from JHI collection; Translated from Yiddish by A. Rutkowski

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