a School Camp Star

It was a crisp evening in October and the Winnebagos were having their Work Meeting at Bradford house, as guests of Dorothy Bradford, or “Hinpoha,” she known Winnebago circle. Here all girls we left standing on boat dock Loon Lake, looking just same when saw them last, trifle less sunburned perhaps, but full life spirit. Scissors, needles crochet hooks flew fast seven Guardian sat around cheerful wood fire library. Sahwah tatting, Gladys Migwan embroidering, Miss Kent, familiarly “Nyoda,” group, “mending her hole-proof hose,” laughingly expressed it. The three more quiet circle, Nakwisi Star Maiden, Chapa Chipmunk, Medmangi Medicine Man Girl, working out various symbols patterns. Hinpoha down floor popping corn over glowing logs turning row apples which had been set before fireplace to warm. firelight streaming red curls made shine like burning embers, until it seemed if some escaped from grate playing face. Every few minutes reached hand dealt gentle slap nose “Mr. Bob,” young cocker spaniel attached house who persistently tried take his mouth. Nyoda finally came rescue diverted attention by giving him darning egg chew. room filled with light-hearted chatter girls. relating many giggles, how gotten into scrape school.

Drawing on oral histories, diaries, letters, photographs, and archival records, the author presents a look at lives of children who lived died during Holocaust

When the Germans invaded Poland in September 1939, author and his father were drafted into Polish Army. After a few days of hopeless fighting, brigade which served was routed dispersed. This precipitated headlong flight soldiers civilians alike, anxious to escape murderous attack rapidly advancing enemy armored columns their attendant aircraft, ceaselessly bombed strafed roads villages. For some three weeks, Aaron Reisfeld desperately sought Nazi onslaught by fleeing eastward Russian border perceived safety that country offered. It harrowing ordeal covering hundreds kilometers, during Reisfelds endured hunger, exposure, bombing, shelling countless dangers on clogged with millions terrified, escaping refugees. At outbreak war, lived comfortable life reasonably affluent home town Lodz, about complete last year high school. Little did he know it would be more than decade before could education obtain degree textile engineering from Nottingham College England. In decade, survived many trials fire mortal danger, first Nazis, then fighting North Africa as soldier British Army, finally serving Israeli Army country’s bloody war for independence. While managed fires Holocaust, mother, sister most members extended family consumed along six million Jews untold numbers gentiles. Running father, through sheer determination, willpower survive luck, reach Zone Occupation its temporary safety. Soon, however, they found had flee Russians well when began deporting Siberian hinterland capitalists, professionals intelligentsia, who unlikely hew Soviet ideology order. Fleeing Russians, brought off another escape, this time crossing raging river middle cold, wintry night Romania, where hoped find haven. Because crossed illegally country, apprehended Romanian police forced serve brief jail sentence being set free allowed stay country. From base Bucharest, Reisfeld’s tried arrange mother’s sister’s occupied Poland. Such arrangements difficult make, but possible bribing right officials. succeeded making those arrangements, mother travel neutral Italy continue Palestine. But just depart, entered Germany’s side, thus trapping them sealing doom. The security Romania not both Germany Soviets poised march partition between them. once again overtaken dreaded enemies. They book passage one passenger ships leave barely ahead German occupation. tour eastern Mediterranean ports, landed Haifa taken already established Yet, hardly end author’s peregrinations. With creeping closer Palestine, joined Army’s Corp Royal Engineers sapper lifting planting mines, blowing up fortifications, building destroying bridges, among ot