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Chaim Kozienicki: Restrictions

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Kozienicki:
Before the, they were in the ghetto, they said that the ghetto will be, we have been ...
Pollin:
forced
Kozienicki:
We have been a forced to give up the radio, the animals, home animals, jewelry, and we have not been allowed to come to the cinema, and to the uh to the gardens and uh it was everything forbidden for Jews. We came to the ghetto in a very small part of the town. It was 10, 12 people in a flat. It was 3, 4 families and we have been lucky in that that we received ...
Pollin:
hut, a wooden hut
Kozienicki:
A wooden hut, but the hut was staying very near the border of the ghetto. The ghetto was closed with wire and the German police they stood about 2 meters, 3 meters from our flat as I called it. It was a wooden house and we have a yard. On the yard was a ...
Yavnai:
A well, a water well
Kozienicki:
A water well with the man well where we put out the water, but we didn't ever go out on the evening, because the German soldier, uh
Pollin:
guard
Kozienicki:
The German guard was willing to shot inside the ghetto.

Chaim Kozienicki was a student in a Jewish school in Lodz, and a passionate reader of books since second grade. He was eleven years old when the Germans invaded Poland and occupied Lodz. In March 1940, the Kozienicki family was forced into the Lodz ghetto. During the liquidation of the Lodz ghetto in August 1944, Chaim tried to avoid deportation, but he got sick and was taken to the hospital. His mother came to visit him every night after work. One day she didn't come—this was the day she and Chaim's father were deported to Auschwitz, where they were murdered on arrival.

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