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Everyone Had Their Own Jew

Everyone Had Their Own Jew
This is a story how Poles, who live in Suchowola, Poland today remember or want to remember their Jewish neighbors. They talk about their life before the War: “Every Polish family had a Jewish family they were friends with … when a Jew had two daughters then one of them dated a Pole.” In 1938 Suchowola witnessed a violent boycott against the Jewish commerce organized by some Polish nationalists. Later our witnesses describe what happened to the Jews first after Russians and later Germans entered and occupied the town during the War. They remember when ghetto was constructed in town, killings and a total destruction of the Suchowola Jews. Jews were thrown from the bridge to the river, imprisoned in the burning house and shot at the Jewish cemetery. “We built the ghetto, they ordered us Poles to come with so many workers with axes and sews.” “It was a better life with them than it is with Poles today. They didn’t hurt anyone.” Till today the Jewish gravestones pave some segments of the road leading to Grodno.

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