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Dr. Salomea Kape: Conditions


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. Salomea Kape was born in May 1926. In 1940 her family was imprisoned inside the Lodz ghetto along with other Jews. She attended the ghetto high school. Her mother worked as a midwife in the ghetto hospital. The family stayed in the ghetto due to her mother’s intuition in August 1944 during the liquidation of the ghetto. They survived there until liberation by Soviet forces in January 1945. After liberation, Salomea was able to complete her education. She graduated from medical school in 1952. In 1957, Dr. Kape and her husband Mendel left Poland. Their son John was born in 1963 in Israel. The Kape family moved to New York in 1966. Dr. Kape currently resides in New York.