Arrested by the Gestapo
Oral History Item Type Metadata
I can recall this very, very clearly. It was like today; it was 11 May 1944, and it was my birthday. And we went down to breakfast and we heard loud knocks on the door. The gentleman of the family went down to open the door. We never expected anything to happen. As soon as he opened the door, they pushed him away, and they ran up the stairs.
When they saw us, they right away told them it was Gestapo, told us to come get our coats and come along with them. And my mother tried to say that we're visitors, that--and then she said that I am not her child, really, that I'm not Jewish. And she tried to avoid me to be arrested. But they obviously knew exactly who we were, and we just had to come along. And they took us to Gestapo headquarters.
And this was a horrendous experience for me, because they threatened to kill my brother if I won't talk. Because they wanted to know who had helped us find places to hide, who provided us with ration cards, identification papers, and all that. And though I knew the people who were in contact with us, I didn't know their real names nor their addresses or anything, so I couldn't really say anything. If I had known something, I probably would have betrayed somebody.