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Mihatofet bechazara lechayim
Written by Itzhak Wertman zl
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|Family Background and my Life in Szczuczyn Until the Outbreak of the War||4|
|The background of the city of Szczuczyn||4|
|My father's family||6|
|My mother's family||9|
|My childhood and youth||10|
|My Stay on the German Side (September 1939-March 1940)||20|
|The shooting in Sobibor||24|
|My stay in Włodawa||25|
|My Stay in Camps in Russia (March 1940-July 1948)||27|
|Crossing the border to the Russian zone, the Russian prison in Brisk and the sentencing||27|
|The Pechora (?) Camp (September 1940 November 1941)||29|
|Lagpunkt 2 (November 1941 September 1942)*||37|
|Lagpunkt 14 (September 1942 December 1942)||39|
|Lagpunkt 1 (December 1942 March 1943)||40|
|Lagpunkt 3 (March 1943 June 1943)||41|
|Lagpunkt 8 (June 1943 November 1944)||41|
|Lagpunkt 5 (November 1944 October 1946)||42|
|The release from forced labor and the stay in Kanin-A'os (October 1946 July 1948)||45|
|The Return to Poland After the War (July 1948 – December 1949)||50|
|The road to Poland||50|
|The Immigration to Israel and my Life in the Country||57|
|My dear family members||61|
|The history of the Jews of Szczuczyn and the surrounding area during the war||63|
|Map of the sites where I was in Poland||27|
|Map of the sites where I was in Russia||52|
|* Some, including many German war prisoners, were deliberately not told where they were; others confused the name of their lagpunkt, or camp unit, with the camp itself. Each of the 476 camps was, after all, made up of hundreds, even thousands of lagpunkts, sometimes spread out over thousands of square miles of otherwise empty tundra.|
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