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Illustrated page of a child's diary written in a Swiss refugee camp.

Photograph | Photograph Number: 44233

Illustrated page of a child's diary written in a Swiss refugee camp.

The diary entry describes how they crossed the border into Switzerland. The text reads, "We came out of the woods and into a clearing: we had to be as quiet as possible because we were so close to the border. Oh! I almost forgot! Before we came out of the woods, they made us stand still for a quarter of an hour while they went to explore the area and to cut through the fence. Fortunately, shortly thereafter, we began to walk again. We saw a small guard station that was literally in front of the hole in the fence, fortunately the guard was not there. One by one, silently, we went through the hole in the fence. What emotion! Finally, we were in free territory, in Switzerland."

Date
1943 - 1944
Photo Credit
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Bruna D'Urbino
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Record last modified: 2005-07-11 00:00:00
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