"I was about to get on a train"
"all Jewish shops were boycotted"
"they knew I was a refugee at school"
"they wouldn't let the Polish children out"
"it's not your fault that you are inferior"
"all Jews must start wearing yellow stars"
"I just understood we had to get out"
"you must give up this, that and the other"
Survivors in this section talk about life before the Holocaust. They discuss anti-Semitic prejudice and discrimination, and talk about the loss of various rights once anti-Jewish decrees are established. Some speak of their childhood memories, such as having to leave their homes in Germany to travel to England on the Kindertransport. Jack Kagan describes occupation and the arrival of the Einatzkommando in his town as violence towards the Jews escalates.
Find out more in Background: Life before the Holocaust