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"One Sunday morning before dawn, a policeman came to Lily's door. ... She
was asked to take her child out of bed and follow the policeman to Plac
Zgody where several women were already standing with their little ones.
Some held their babies in their arms, others let the children hold onto
their skirts.
...

Lily looked up at the windows of the houses surrounding the Plac Zgody, but
neither outside nor inside the ghetto was there any sign that anyone
noticed what was taking place in that early dawn.
...

A quick, unexpected movement of the guards startled them. Mothers with
infants in their arms, babies who were at the age when they had just begun
to crawl, and children who were mostly under eight years of age were
pressed towards the inner wall of the ghetto. In front of them an
impenetrable gray wall of stone -- in back of them another insurmountable
green wall of armed men.

`Lassen Sie de Kinder stehen!' (Let the children stand by themselves!) the
Germans shouted, trying to pull the mothers away.

Lily held her small daughter tightly in her arms. One of the soldiers
struggled to take the child away from her and furiously thrust her to
ground, pulling the child free with a final wrench. Dashing headlong, after
she had managed to spring to her feet, Lily reached for the little one. The
thundering tra-ta-ta-ta-a struck the child before her mother could shield
her. The young child looked like a little angel with her cherubic mouth
slightly open and her eyes turned towards heaven, only this angel was
motionless. Lily's screams were quelled in an instant by other bullets
which pierced her head and heart. Other babies were merely smashed against
the stone wall by the raging madmen who decided to save their bullets."

Excerpted from----------------------------------------------------------
"The Survivor in Us All - A Memoir of the Holocaust," Erna F. Rubinstein
(Hamden, Connecticut: Archon Books, 1983) ISBN 0-208-02025-X   pp. 61-62


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