I was not a, I never sang in my life. I don't have even a very good ear, ear for ah, singing. But, in the ghetto in school, it was very you know it was a Polish winter which lasts maybe 9-10 months. It was very difficult in the class, in the school where we have really it was not a in a building it was in barracks and um, sometimes we couldn't concentrate and when it was so cold and when we were very hungry waiting for the soup.
So, what to do, and how to raise the moral of this, of the children? So I start, I don't know I had a very a very strong voice, so I started to sing and then the what did I sing, oh sure, the before war hits, and I remembered the lyrics and I don't know this music, this singing, um gave it introduced ah ah new...
...a new Spirit in the class. The whole class started to sing and to dance. You know, It looks like in spite of this very difficult condition the youth in us, and ah this very poor singing did something to us because we started we forgot what was around us.
Dr. Kape discusses school in the Lodz ghetto. School created an environment of normalcy for children in the midst of the miserable conditions in the ghetto. Through the schools children received one meal a day. This ration of soup, discussed by Dr. Kape, often meant the difference between life and death.»