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May30,1940

DearMr.Knoller,

Hello,ImElenaandImwritingyouthislettertohelpyouunderstandwhatisgoingon
andwhatwillhappeninyourlife.Dontworry,yourstorywillbetoldandyouwillsurvive
whateverwhathappenswithyou.Dontgiveup,thisletterwillservetohelpyou.

Youseemtohaveawonderfullifebeforethewarbegins.Yourfamilywillbetogether
anditwillseemperfect.But,theonlybadthinginyourlifeisthatyouwillbebulliedbecause
youreJewish.Intheyear1930,GermansbegintoteachtheGermanpopulationaboutJewish
peopleandanewlawwillcomeintoplace,ifyouarenotGermany,youwillbeforcedtogotoa
horriblecamp.Therewillbealotofpeoplethatwenttocampbecauseofthenewlaw.Some
peoplestartedtobecomereallybrutedbykillingsomeGermans.Afterthat,theybegintokill
Jewishfamiliesonthestreets,iftheydisobey.While,thatwashappening,theysendsomepeople
awayandthatwillneverbeseenagain.When,yourfatherhearsaboutthis,hewilltryto
convinceyoutoleaveEnglandandhewillsucceed.YourtwobrotherslefttoAmericasooneof
themcouldfightintheAmericanarmy.

Youwillbe19yearsoldwhenyouleavethecountrytogotoEngland,youwillbeabit
afraidandnervousaboutthistripbecauseyouwillyourselfasimmature.Yourfatherwill
basicallycontrollingwhatwasgoingoninyourfuture.Afterfewmonthswhenyouarein
England,itwillinvadedbyBelgiumandtheywillaskyouforpapertoseeifyouareJewish.
Then,theywillgiveyouabigandredJtoidentifyyoubyyourreligion.While,youwere
workingforthem,theyhaveanotherlawwhereyoumustweartheyellowStarofDavid.

TheGermanswillmakeyouundergoatest,whichhelpsthemidentifyJews.Luckyfor
you,youspeakperfectGermanthereforeyouareaskedtoworkforthem.Withthistestthey
wereonlyabletoidentifymostJews.GermanytookcontrolofFranceintheyear1943during
thistimemanyrebelswerehidinginthemountainstryingtofindawaytodefeattheGermans.

Theyweretrainingandtryingtolearnhowtodefeatthemwithweapons.About2years
ago,theycaptureyoutomakeyoutellthemwhatinformationyouhad.Theytortureyouinmany
differentwaysbutyoudidntgiveinandtoldthemthatyouwereJewishandwhereyoucame
from.TheywereshockedthatyouspeakGermanperfectlyandhowtoyougaveyouridentified

tothem.Soonafterthat,theybroughtyoutojailandthensendyoutothecampthatmakesthem
toworkfortheGermans.Theytransportabout1,000peopleandtherewasnttoolittleortoo
much.Youmetaniceyoungmanwhowasadoctor,thathelpseveryonebeabitmore
comfortable.Lateron,youwerefocusedtowalk15minutestothecampwithotheryoungmen
whilethewomen,childrenandoldpeoplewereridingtocamp.Youfoundoutthatyouhavetons
ofdifficultworkwithalittlefood.Aftersometime,themanyoumet,helpsyougetabetterjob
andfindfood.But,beforeallthathappen,theytattooedanumberonyoutoindicatethatyou
wereprisonerofthecamp.Theytoldyouthatyouwontbeabletobecalledyournameever
again.

In1944,therewillberumorsabouttroopsfightingforthoseintheconcentrationcamps.
Thiswillgiveyouhopeandyouwillcontinuetotrytosurvive.Othersandyourselfwillbe
forcedtoleaveinthemiddleofthenighttothenearesttownwearingonlypajamas.Germans
calledthisthedeathmarch.Thedeathmarchwastheforcedmovementfromonecampto
anotherbyfoot.Onlyhalfofthepeoplewillsurviveiftheyarestrongifunabletokeepup,
Germanswillkillyouonthespot.Afterafewmonths,youweretakenonatraintotheworst
camptheyhadwhichhadnofood.Peopleweresomalnourishedthattheywillstarttoeatdead
peopleandwhatevertheycouldfind.

TheBritishwillmaketheGermansdigupgravesforthosewhodiedintheconcentration
campsorthatwerekilled.TheBritishwillaskforvolunteerstoscavengerforfoodandyouwill
volunteer.Whenyouarrivedtothefarmforthefood,youwillstab.Duetothecircumstances
youwillhavetoleaveandhideawayfromthoseproHitler.AfterarrivinginFranceyouwill
havepeoplesearchforyourbrother.Thankfullyyouwillfindyourbrotherandhewilltellyou
whathappenedintheAmericanarmy.Afterwhatyouwentthrough,yougotyourpaperwhich
helpsyoumovetoAmericawhereyouwillstartyournewlifewithyourbrother.

Sincerely,

ElenaAlexandraCohen

P.S.:Dontgiveup!