Golda's Stories of the Holocaust
By: Golda Sandman
The True Stories of a Holocaust Survivor who Survived
Six Years in the Concentration Camps
Golda Sandman was born in the small city of Strachovitsa in south Poland. At the beginning of World War II she was a girl age eighteen. After the occupation by the Germans she was sent from the ghetto to a work camp in the city. Later she was sent to Auschwitz Birkenau and from there to Bergen-Belzen.
She spent totally six years in concentration camps.
After the war ended she went to Sweden, and from there immigrated to the Land of Israel in illegal immigrants' ship. After hard years of absorption she established a family.
Golda's Stories has a plot which sounds unbelievable. She decided not to surrender to evil and survived under the harshest terms. She dealt with illegal commerce and smuggling, endangered her life many times to save people, and acted intuitively opposite death many times. Her physical and mental sufferings were unprecedented. She survived the death camps barely alive and gained her health again.
She triumphed to bestow her memoirs to the next generations, in memory of the heroism of the Jews that perished in the holocaust.
The book defines new borders of humanity, femininity and heroism, which reach in it heights that were considered impossible up to here.
Although it's a personal memory, the book can serve as an accurate, comprehensive presentation of the whole era, because the stories extend from the 1930th to the 1950th.
The book combines the two points of view of Golda's child. He listens to the stories of his mother eagerly and believes her, but he lives in the reality of present day life, where the stories sound imaginary.
The literary style maintains the emotional connection between mother and son, and encounters it with the unbelievable content.
Some chapters are available here for reading, for anyone who is interested in the subject.
Part I – Normal Time
1 – In the Town Strachovitsa
A. The house where I grew up
The family, friends and businesses
B. Our furniture shop and the Antisemitism
A guy who bullies the Jewish shop keepers learns a lesson from me.
C. Poland in the Media coverage at that time.
Madam Bristol and Samson Breitbart. The German spies.
D. My brother Benjamin escapes to Russia.
The first days of the war. The Germans shave my father's beard.
E. In the town Rozvadov.
I travel there to bring back my sister and her family.
I want to visit my sister but my guide tells the Germans.
G. Our bakery is confiscated.
I hardly save our home from a gentile who covets it.
H. In the town Drilch
I work for the Germans and bring food home.
I. The pastry shop.
I sell in the black market and my good customer is arrested.
J. On the road to the Gestapo headquarters.
A Polish policeman helps me to show a working card.
2 - Ghetto
A. A big diamond deal.
A couple of old people give me a diamond for sale and regret.
B. The warehouse
I teach a gentile businessman to trade with me.
A woman that I hide inside her home helps me to escape through the window.
3 - The Working Camp
A. The construction of the camp.
The site's commander courts me.
B. The entering lineup
My sister Elka is murdered together with her baby.
C. In the working camp
The good boss and his murderous mistress.
D. Living graves
Lutz from the Gestapo buries six men alive.
The hiding-place behinds the bakery
My brother-in-low loots our property after his family is murdered.
E. Outside the working camp
I go out for operations at nights.
The Germans capture me, decide to execute me and I trick them.
G. Outside the factory in the hardest works
Our foreman makes my life miserable.
H. The working-camps' kitchens.
The supervisor steals our food and prevents us from cooking.
I. My brother Meir works in the ammunition factory.
I try to persuade a Gestapo man to transfer my brother, but he almost kills me.
J. From the working-camp to Auschwitz.
My brother run away and joins the partisans.
K. A partisan woman who lived among the Russians
She got a venereal disease and could not overcome it.
The tragic end of our Judenrat.
Part II - Amendment
1 – Auschwitz
A. The reception phase.
We pass the classification lineup thanks to a recommendation letter.
B. The Kitchen's garbage
I find beet peels which I can eat.
C. The working commando
Everyday we march thirty-six kilometers.
B. On the way to work
I collect beets from the fields.
C. Smugglings at the Gate
I hide brooms in the food containers.
D. The doctor from Strachovitze
In spite of our acquaintanceship she ignores me.
E. A general curfew
Eichman comes for an inspection.
F. The counting lineup
I am late once and my fate is doomed.
G. The supervisor who immigrated to Israel
She stands for a trail in an unofficial court.
Mengele wants to pump out my blood.
I. The gas chamber
I escape from its front before being pushed inside
J. The train to Bergen-Belzen
My sister and me go up and join sick people.
2 – Bergen-Belzen
They are planned to cause us quick death
Dying, I convince my sister to go to work.
C. The food pot
My sister starts to bring food from the kitchen.
D. The kitchen's cooks
They help us smuggle food in a coat's sleeves.
E. A faked medicine
My sister in law takes it and dies
F. The general food poisoning
The Germans put milled glass in all the food.
G. The clinic
I buy for my sick sister a doctor's visit.
H. In the lineup for coffee
A rifle's bullet wounds me in the hand.
I. The margarine pack
I find enough food until the release.
I find some clear water in a ditch.
K. The food warehouses
Many survivors eat too much and their belly is torn.
L. The trucks to Sweden
A rescue team sends us to recover.
Part III - Elevation
1 - Sweden
I recover among many survivors.
B. The lamps factory in Forshkava
I am an excellent worker and almost become a Swedish citizen.
C. The immigrants' commune in Norksheping
The hard existence conditions under the messengers from Israel.
2 - Immigration to Israel
A. The voyage in the ship 'Haim Arlozorov'
The clandestine and troublesome sailing
They are thrown away to the sea together with our entire luggage.
We see the Hoply Land but cannot arrive at it.
Life in a detention camp. A love affair.
3 - Israel
My crate saves the village from an Arabs' attack.
B. A wedding
I marry with my friend from Cyprus.
C. The apartment in Haifa
Difficult employment conditions.
D. The furniture shop
I work and marry again.
Map of South-East Poland
Map of Golda Sandman's course
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