Raszka (Roza) Galek Brunswic
Nació: 1920, en Sochocin, Poland
Describe su decisión, mientras posaba de polaca católica, de trabajar en una granja en Alemania [Entrevista: 1989]
And they said to me, "You have a choice to go either on a farm, to an ammunition...uh...uh...fabrik [factory], or to hotels. I thought for myself to be...to be safe, would be the best thing to go on a farm. Because I knew it'll be a lot [of] hard work but I won't meet so many Poles. I was afraid to meet Poles. That was the idea. I still had my false papers as a Christian girl. Sure. As Maria Kowalcik. Maria Jadwiga Kowalcik. The middle name was Jadwiga. As such I came to Germany, as Maria Kowalcik. And I thought for my own sake, I probably would be safer to be away from everybody. And I thought on a farm, Poles would probably not likely go to a farm. They might want to go to a hotel, to some offices, to some...any other place, but I thought for myself, I'd rather go to a farm. First of all, I was emaciated. I was...I was about eighty, ninety pounds, skin and bone, when I came to Germany. Skin and bone. And...um...as such I came to Germany. They told me where they are going to bring me, to Krummhardt, near Esslingen. It is a small farm, that the man that owns the farm is paralyzed, but he has a son-in-law by the name of Karl Beck, and a daughter Louise. She was just married to this Mr. Beck. And I was brought to Krummhardt. That's how I came to Germany. Okay. I was a city girl. I never knew what means...what work means because at home we were wealthy. We had maids, and...we had everything. I never even knew how to boil a glass of water. Very spoiled...very...really very well taken care of, and I had no idea what a farm means...work on a farm. Anyway, but I adapted and adjusted very well. I knew that that's the way it is. That's the way it's going to be. I better make the best of it.
La familia de Roza se mudó a Varsovia en 1934. Roza había recién empezado la universidad cuando Alemania invadió Polonia en 1939. En 1940, los alemanes cerraron el ghetto de Varsovia, donde sus padres fueron fusilados durante una redada. Roza escapó y se escondió. Desde su escondite, vio quemar el ghetto durante el levantamiento de 1943. Tenía documentos falsos que decían que era una polaca católica (Maria Kowalczyk), y fue deportada en un vagón de ganado a Alemania en junio de 1943. Trabajó en una granja hasta la liberación en 1945.
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