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By: Mitzi J. Levin
Survivor: Hirsch, Aisic

“The Russian Army arrived in our Polish village in May 1945. They set up their headquarters on the farm where I was living. I was posing as a Catholic orphan, helping a lady tend her farm. Her sons had already fled since they worked in the Gestapo’s office.

“I thought the Russians were going to kill me. Since they didn’t believe I was Jewish, they beat me along with the others.

“After I convinced them I was indeed a young Jewish boy hiding on the farm, I was able to celebrate liberation from the Germans.

“I was 14 years old.”