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Eva Galler, Survivor and Victim of The Holocaust

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Transcript of Eva Galler, Survivor and Victim of The Holocaust

People did not believe that Hitler and the Nazis were coming to Poland, until the very last minute. Planes swooped in the sky. In just a couple of days, Germans had fully taken Poland. Jews were permitted to wear armbands. Her family and all the jewish people were treated poorly, getting no food, no money, no jobs, no sympathy, and no rights.

After a while of living dirt-poor and shoved around, Eva, her family, and the rest of the jews in her town, came trudging into Lubaczow, where a ghetto was built. Eva and her family stayed there under their own will. There was not enough to eat, to drink. People were getting lice and typhus. Some were eating grass, but would find out they would soon swell up and die. One of her brothers got night blindness from the loss of vitamins. Eva Galler Survivor of the Holocaust Oleszyce, Poland Before the war... As a young girl, Eva lived in the small town of Oleszyce. She was the oldest of her siblings. Her jewish family had 8 children. Eva's father was the head of the jewish community, taking care of half of the town.

At that time, it was considered unimportant for a girl to have education. Eva thought otherwise. She wanted high school education like her brothers. To achieve this, Eva had hunger strikes and locked herself in a closet until her father said she could go to high school. During the War During the War When things could not get any worse,
Nazis commanded the jews to get on a train
that had arrived to the ghetto one day. Eva
and her family knew where they were going.
A boy from a concentration camp escaped
and fled to their town. He told them of the
horrors there.

When Eva and her family was shoved into the "death"
train, one person managed to rip out a window. People
came jumping out. They were shot. Her father turned to Eva and her other older siblings. He wanted them to run; he said they might survive. He would stay with the younger children and her mother. Eva and her siblings obeyed. They jumped out. People shot at them. Eva landed in a snowbank, alive. She went back to find her siblings. They were shot, dead.

Eva traveled around her country, looking for places to stay. She was always hungry, tired, and terrified. She acquired a fake name and pretended that she was not a jew. Eva traveled to Czechoslovakia. Years passed staying at barns, houses, with nice families, with mean families, with different families. She decided to take a trip back to Poland, to find anyone who had survived. She found out that she had two siblings who had survived, but were long gone to other countries. Eva also found out that out of the 3,000 jewish families in her town, only 12 survived. To the United States... After the War

She soon came to America, married to a childhood friend and survivor named Henry. Eva knew Yiddish, Hebrew, Polish, Russian, German, Swedish, and with the help of her eldest daughter, English. Years passed. Eva came to sharing her stories and memories about the Holocaust with students in schools. She survived. GHETTO CONCENTRATION
CAMP
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