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Sabina Low (Green)

Ulanow, Poland

Sabina was one of four children born to a Jewish family in the Polish town of Ulanow. Her father was a landowner and cattle merchant in the area. The Jewish community in Ulanow was active, with many of its own organizations and a large library. Sabina attended public school in the morning and a private Jewish school in the afternoon.

1933-39: The public school was open Saturdays, but since it was the Jewish Sabbath, we didn't attend. We'd ask our Christian classmates for the homework assignments for Monday, but their parents would refuse to let them tell us. I didn't understand it. Classmates often threw stones at us. War broke out on September 1, 1939. We heard screaming every night as groups of Poles entered Jewish houses and took what they wanted.

1940-44: Germany invaded the USSR in June 1941 and occupied Ulanow. In fall 1942 we heard gunfire near the town. I went to see what was going on. My uncle's house was nearby so I went there. When I arrived, my uncle was lying behind his house, shot several times. His stomach was torn open. He was still conscious. I searched for something to cover him with and found a pillow inside. When I picked it up, out tumbled a dead child, my cousin. As I covered my uncle he said, "I pray that you'll survive."

Later, aided by false papers, Sabina fled to Stry. She remained until the Soviet army liberated the area in late 1944. She moved to Israel in 1957 and came to the United States in 1960.

 

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