The Bleeding Sky-Recollections of the Shoah
The Bleeding Sky-Recollections of the Shoah
Louis Brandsdorfer
My mother's story of the Shoah - told in Yiddish
Chapter 1
My mother begins her recollection of the Shoah with a conversation she had with a friend and fellow survivor.
Jun 4, 2008
10 min
22_Wesbaden
Leaving Poland for good, my mother travels looking for surviving family and friends. She finds very few, learns of the fate of many of them. Settling in a displaced persons camp in Wesbaden Germany, she meets my father and starts a new family before moving to America.
Jun 4, 2008
8 min
21_Returning
Returning home after the war. My mother travels on foot and by train through war torn Germany and Poland. She finds other survivors, among them her younger sister Fay. Her homecoming is bitter sweet with the realization of how few survived and the hostile greeting the returning Jews received from the Polish townspeople.
Jun 4, 2008
11 min
20_Liberation
The labor camp at Neustadt is unexpectedly liberated when the German guards abandon the labor camp. The Germans move west to excape the advancing Russian army.
Jun 4, 2008
6 min
19_Neustadt
My mother spent the last few months of the war in the labor camp at Neustadt, which is near Hamburg.
Jun 4, 2008
9 min
18_Death March
With the Russian army nearing Auschwitz in January 1945, the Germans evacuate the camp and force march the prisoners to the concentration camp at Gross Rosen. Known as the Death March, it lasted many days with the prisoners walking through the bitter cold and heavy snow. Many did not survive, as the German guards killed any who stopped walking.
Jun 4, 2008
4 min
17_Auschwitz
Toward the end of 1944 my mother's kommando is moved from Birkenau to the main camp in Auschwitz.
Jun 4, 2008
10 min
16_Blue Affect
My mother bribes her way into the Blue Affect. It was the building where the clothes of Auschwitz's victims was sorted for use by the Germans.
Jun 4, 2008
8 min
15_The Bleeding Sky
With the fires in Birkenue burning all the time, to dispose of the bodies of the murdered Jews, the ash turns the evening sky blood red. My mother describes this vision of hell that was Auschwitz.
Jun 4, 2008
11 min
14_ Yenta and Sara
Yenta and Sara, my mother's 2 youngest sisters come to Birkenau. The three of them are reunited, but only for a short while as disease and the gas chamber take both of them.
Jun 4, 2008
9 min
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