Joe Rosenblum of Miedzyrzec Podlaski, Poland


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First-Hand Account

"As 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."

--from 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 Podlaski, Poland.








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