Maria’s story

11 Dec

I just read a story from the World War 2. The story is called Maria’s story and is about a young girl who gets captured by the Germans. Maria lived in a area in Poland with many Jews but was not a Jew herself.  She was captured and taken to a factory in Germany were she was forced to work. Maria knew many languages so she had to help others by being an interpreter. She lived under horrible conditions for four years, before the american solders came to the rescue.

When the Americans came and freed everyone who was captured they all got the option to go home. The Canadian red cross also helped the sick. Maria did not know if her family still lived at their old farm in Poland so she chose to stay behind and help the red cross. After working there a year she met a English young man and they got to know each other. They got married and Maria moved to England. She was able to find her family and they were reunited.

On the picture you can see some polish refugees.

Here is the link to the story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ww2peopleswar/stories/65/a3864765.shtml

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3 Responses to “Maria’s story”

  1. Ann S. Michaelsen 13/12/2012 at 12:47 #

    Good think she found here family again. To thing of all the families that were separated during the war and never saw each other again. Was a happy ending here luckily!

  2. Peter 16/12/2012 at 02:57 #

    I thought this story was so heart wrenching, especially the part where Maria is taken away from her family. As the SS officers were about to load her into a truck, she “ran to the stable to give (her) favourite pig a cuddle”. That just makes me profoundly sad. And what’s so astounding is that the officers didn’t even come to bring her to a concentration camp – they were looking for the brother, but because he was hiding, they settled on her. By a subtle twist of fate, she was condemned to live in a place beyond the city limits of abject squalor for a significant portion of her young-adult life. This story was also one of the only first-hand accounts I’ve heard of the Nazi doctors. I can’t begin to fathom the amount of evil in their hearts required to cut up a living seventeen year-old girl. Finally, the story serves to highlight the fact that one of the things genocide does is relegate human life to a clerical level, so all this person did was say a kid is sick, and all that person did was kill someone because they were sick, and those were the rules.

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