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Yiddish textbook used by a Jewish Polish survivor

Object | Accession Number: 2011.239.3

Yiddish textbook used by 12 year old Cyla Scheer, after her family left Poland for Paris, France, in April 1946. The war began in September 1939 when Germany and the Soviet Union invaded Poland. Cyla and her parents Feiga and Froim lived in Zalosce, which was occupied by the Soviets. The family bakery was confiscated. In June 1941, Germany invaded the Soviet Union and entered Zalosce in July. Many Jewish residents were shot and Jewish homes were looted by their Ukrainian neighbors. In October 1942, the remaining Jews were transported to the Zborow ghetto. Feiga, Froim, Cyla, and other family members were hidden by their former maid, Tachka Barkito. They were later hidden by several other Ukrainian peasant families, staying only a short time with each. Around spring 1943, they built dugouts in the forest near Reniv where they stayed until liberated by Soviet partisans in March 1944. After living underground for so long, Cyla and her cousins were unable to walk when they emerged. The family returned to Zalosce where they found another family living in their home. In spring 1945, they moved to other towns in western Poland, until April 23, 1946, when they moved to Paris.

I Learn Yiddish
publication/distribution:  1947
publication: Paris (France)
Object Type
Books (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Celia Scheer Dymant
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 17:51:24
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