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  • Paula Wajcmanwas born in 1928 in Kielce, Poland. Her family was religious. Her family lived in a modern two-story apartment complex.
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  • Her older brother, Herman, attended religious school, while Paula attended public kindergarten in the morning and religious school in the afternoon. Paula’s school uniform was a navy blazer with a white blouse and pleated skirt.
  • Germany invaded Poland on September 1, 1939. Paula’sfather did not wait for German troops to reach Kielce. He loadedone of his trucks, and the family fled east to the town of Tuchin, 30miles from the Soviet border. Paula’s mother, returning to Kielce for supplies, was stranded when the border dividing Poland closed.
  • Hearing that Jews nearby had been massacred, the family built a bunker under the wooden floor of the textile factory where they worked. They knew that the pits the Germans and Ukrainians were digging were intended for them
  • At dawn on September 24, 1942, police moved into the ghetto. People set fires everywhere. In the chaos, Paula and her father ran to the bunker. On the way, her brother got shot
  • Papa, I'm scared. what if they find us here
  • The bunker was discovered by the Germans, and Paula and her father were shot. She was 14 years old.
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