By Ann Byers
“Who will take care of me . . . and why can't all of us cross together?” Kurt Fuchel requested his father those questions, because the younger boy ready to embark on a trip to England . . . by myself. Fuchel used to be one in all 10000 teenagers who made this trip presently sooner than global battle II begun. In 1938, Jews sought for a manner out of Germany. yet anti-Jewish legislation and international locations unwilling to just accept fleeing refugees made break out tough or most unlikely. England’s attempt to avoid wasting the kids attempt got here to be referred to as the Kindertransport, and writer Ann Byers discusses the heroes who geared up the transports and the youngsters who have been kept from the Holocaust.
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11 Borawski managed to stay on the run until July 4th. He identiﬁes in his testimony some half a dozen traitors—one he met face-to-face in prison during a confrontation staged by his captors—and none of them is a Jew. The manager of the cooperative where Borawski was 51 employed, a certain Lewinowicz, was present at the time of Borawski’s arrest in Jedwabne. 12 But we have yet another interesting document at our disposal that bears on the matter. Early in 1941, some six months after the Kobielno debacle, the chief of the Białystok District NKVD, Colonel Misiurev, wrote a memo to the secretary of the Białystok District Committee of the CP(b)B (Communist Party of the Bolsheviks of Belorussia), a certain Popov.
But, clearly, what stuck in the prosecutor’s mind was the ﬁrst date, June 25th, mentioned in Wasersztajn’s testimony. And for many months neither the prosecutor’s ofﬁce nor the court bothered to correct the mistake. 8 I present all this information, peripheral to the substance of the case, in order to establish beyond a reasonable doubt that this was not a SOURCES 30 political trial. Indeed, the content of the control-investigative ﬁles, which reﬂect the thinking and plans of the Security Ofﬁce, conﬁrms this assessment.
First, we need a reminder that Jewish testimonies about the Shoah have been deliberately written down in order to provide an exact and comprehensive account of the catastrophe. This is evidenced in the numerous memoirs and journals kept by Jews at the time, as if the apocryphal exhortation of the great hisSOURCES 24 torian Simon Dubnow, before his deportation from Riga, calling on his fellow Jews “to write it all down” truly resounded in the hearts and minds of Jewish memoirists. 4 Since it appeared impossible to save the Jewish people who were being methodically annihilated by the Nazi-organized killing process, a sense of obligation grew among Jewish record-keepers (they say so explicitly and repeatedly) that they must at least preserve the evidence of the very process of destruction.