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Transcript of bravery
"Out of the 78 people in my family, I am the only one to survive."
(Radasky,1) The deporting of Jews started on July 22, 1942. After that date he never saw anyone from his family again. April 19, 1943, the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising began.
"On May 1, 1943, I was shot in the right ankle."(Radasky,2)
He was sent to Treblinka extermination camp but they could only hold 10,000 people a day. There was 20,000 in his group. He was sent to Majdanek; another death camp. "At Majdanek they hung you for any little thing.
God must have helped me and I was lucky." (Radasky,2) If 1,000 men went to work in the morning, the rules were that 1,000 had to come back; dead or alive. That means if they died on the way to work they would have to carry the dead back to the camp after work. In one instance, Radasky said this: "He started beating us. He beat me so much the blood was running down my head. All it would have taken was a few seconds more and I would have been dead." Solomon was in Majdanek for 9 weeks; he did not change his shirt or wash him self once. Many others were eaten with lice, and were swollen from hunger. Auschwitz: They gave him the number 128232. In Hebrew that ment life.
He hated The Capo. Solomom said "The Capo there was a murderer."
Capo: A person who directs labor and punishment for the prisoners. "There was one time when I fell down and could not get up. We had to take our clothes off and stand naked the whole night. We thought the next morning we were going to the gas chambers. Instead we were taken to the Auschwitz 1 camp...." (Radasky,4) Solomon met Erlich, who had been there 5 weeks. Erlich said, "You have to get out of here. You have to get out of here, or after tomorrow you're going to be dead." This same day, Solomon got offered a different job, and he accepted it hoping it would save his life.. "I was working for over a year with the boys at the same job, digging sand. Twice a day we carried the sand to cover the ashes of the dead. In August and September of 1944, I saw throw living childeren into the crematorium. They would grab them by an arm and a leg and throw them in." (Radasky,6) On January 18, 1945, they began breaking down Auschwitz. Solomon left on the 18th, and nine days later the Russians took over. "For the next week I was alone and ate snow for water." (Radasky,7) Out of the train car Solomon was staying in, one morning he heard heavy traffic on the highway. Him and others expected to see Russians coming but it was the Americans... The soldiers told everyone they were free. "They arrested the Germans, and for once they were scared. It was May 1, 1945." (Radasky, 8) Solomon was released to the Displaced Persons camp and four years later came to the United States in 1949. He could not speak English and him and his wife were very poor... Solomon and his wife took their first vacation to Israel in 1978.
"There were 375,000 Jews living in Warsaw before the war. I doubt that there are 5,000 living there today." (Radasky, 9)