the German bombers blackened the sky over my mother's orchards and the
refugees ripped the fruit from her trees, all of her hard work and our
family's new prosperity began crashing down around us. The war between
Poland and Germany had started that summer of 1939, and German bombs were
raining down on our little city. The bombardments lasted for more than two
weeks. Clumps of planes came at us from all directions. At times, we
almost felt surrounded from the air.
Our city was on the highway
connecting Germany and Russia, and tens of thousands of people were
running east toward the Russian border to hide from the bombs and
strafing. The roads were clogged with people on foot, in cars, on
bicycles, with small bags or suitcases strapped with rope to every
conceivable section of their vehicles and themselves."
Joe Rosenblum's autobiography "Defy the Darkness: A Tale of Courage
in the Shadow of Mengele." You can read excerpts from his book by
clicking here. Joe was from Międzyrzec