I Survived the Holocaust
Posted March 5th, 2009 by PW
in a safe place with Rip
March 5th, 2009
Author's Note: an assignment for my history class. had to write the story of one of the children n the Holocaust. i got Alfred Ament and wrote about him in first person.
I Survived the Holocaust
Story of Alfred Ament
Hello. My name is Alfred Ament. I was born September 15th, 1927. I was born in
Until I was about four years old my life was very ordinary. But when Hitler started to rise to power people’s treatment towards the Jewish religion, Jewish people in general, began to change drastically. Hitler and the Nazis began to brainwash the gentile population that Jews were responsible for the problems in the economy, and that our “race” was inferior to everyone else’s. Judaism was no longer just a religion…it was an ethnicity. Our rights and freedom were slowly being stripped away and all of our pride was being taken away as well. Everyone knew who was a Jew because we were all required to wear a yellow patch of the Star of David on our clothing where it could be seen by anyone.
In 1933, when I was only five years old, people began to Boycott the Jewish Businesses. I would walk on the sidewalk and see the windows of different stores and restaurants covered in signs that read “Don’t buy from Jews; Shop in German Businesses!” and “Germans, defend yourselves, buy only at German shops!” guards would stand in front of some stores and keep people from entering. When I passed them by they would look down and glare at me. I didn’t dare look at them and I stayed as far away from the store as possible. I once saw a little girl, maybe a few years older than myself at the time, looking into one of the Jewish shops. The guard of that show came up to her and pulled her, by the hair, and pressed her face up to the window’s glass. He screamed at her, asking if she wanted to be beaten. I watched as she began to cry. He threw her back and she fell upon the ground… My family was quickly loosing money as well. Not only that, but during this whole time new laws strictly directed towards Jews, called the Nuremburg Laws, were being put into action by the Nazis. These laws prevented any Jew from having any sort of relationship with an “Aryan” (person of pure German blood) or getting married to an Aryan. They also formed charts to determine who was of pure blood and who was not.
When I was eleven years old two major things happened in my life that would start a chain of events to take place. The Germans began to annex
Soon after my 13th birthday (my Bar Mitzvah) the Kristallnacht happened in
In order to keep our family fed my mother sold my stamp collection and her engagement ring. We received a postcard ordering us to deport, but we fled to
I was adopted into a Swiss refugee camp and a Swiss boarding school. In the May of 1945, when I was almost 18 years old, I learned what had become of the rest of my family. My mother died of tuberculosis and my father, brother and grandparents all died in the death camps. I was truly an orphan. I was the only one in my family who had survived, and I wasn’t sure why. I know many others who escaped who went through a great deal more then I did, and I’m honored to be considered a Holocaust survivor. I thank God that I am alive to write my story...
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