Ephemeride of the Holocaust: January 2

If all the victims of Nazism were not Jewish, all Jews were victims.
Over 5000 of my brothers, were murdered a day from 1942 to 1945.
Now here is the list of Jewish souls who were murdered.
This is the story of one of these souls.

Helen Katz, Kisvarda, Hungary January 2, 1931

January 2
1940 a ghetto was created in Chrzanow (district of Krakow, Poland). Jews living there since the sixteenth century. The city then 8000 Jews.
1942 Returning to the ghetto of Lvov (now Lviv, Ukrainian SSR), a brigade of 60 Jewish workers is directed to a prison. The next day, the Jews were shot.

Helen Katz, Kisvarda, Hungary
January 2, 1931

Youngest of eight children, Helen was born and raised in a Jewish family who lived in a town north-east of Hungary. It was the « baby » of the family and placed in it all their hope and affection. Although her Hebrew name was Hannah, her family nicknamed Potyo, meaning « little darling. »

1933-39: Helen liked school, but she was afraid because children and teachers hated Jews. It was said that there would be war. His mother wanted them to leave Hungary before things escalate, but the father, who had been to America, was reluctant to take him to his family because he thought the country was not religious enough. But he yielded at last and managed to leave for New York where he tried to obtain immigration papers for his family.

1940-44: The documents arrived too late; Hungary was at war against America. Helen began to have nightmares. Following an absence due to illness, he was forbidden to return to school because she was Jewish. Later, Hungarian police forced the Katz to settle in the ghetto Kisvarda. On May 28, 1944, they are told to be ready to leave at four in the morning. Helen stood by his mother as they boarded a cattle car. It was dark inside and she snuggled against her.

Helen was killed upon arrival at Auschwitz May 31, 1944. She was 13.


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