The Frenkiels, a religious Jewish family, lived in a one-room apartment in a town near Warsaw called Gabin.
Town center synagogue 0.5 km away.
Isadore felt the pinch of the Depression, but although business was poor, he was able to provide for his family.
I'm becoming so poor, I need money. Here is that last little food I have.
Caps for Soilders and Police
Shortly after the Germans invaded Poland on September 1, 1939, they occupied Gabin. Ten people were shot in the streets; others, such as doctors and teachers, were taken away. The Germans rounded up the Jewish men and held them in the marketplace while soldiers doused the synagogue with gasoline and set it on fire.
Were taking over Gabin. Burn the synagogue!
Guy's family meeting. The war is becoming worse, by the moment. Many people have heard rumors, that the Nazi's are blaming everything on the Jews. I've heard that it has got to a point that, they are now shipping Jews off everyday, to death camps, where they gas you to death. If you refuse they shoot you.
A cousin visited the family after escaping from a transport and said the rumors were true. “They put you in trucks, gas you, then throw your body into a burning pit,” he said. Isadore’s three-year-old son ran to his mother crying, “Will they burn me, too?” Isadore urged his cousin to tell the Jewish elders. He met with them, but they did not believe his story and told him to leave town.
Will they burn me, too?
Oh my gosh!!
The rumours are....true! I know because...I escaped!
In May 1942, Gabin’s Jews were deported to the Chelmno death camp. Isadore, Sossia, and four of their sons were placed in a sealed van and asphyxiated with exhaust fumes.