I was very excited about an upcoming ballet recital, which happened to be taking place the day the Germans invaded. The recital was cancelled, and I was extremely upset about it. More than that, my father was drafted into the Russian Army on that same day, and my mother and I didn’t know if we would ever see him again. But we were still in our own home in Lvov; we had not yet been forced into the ghetto. When I went outside to play a few days later, my friends not only stayed away and pointed at me, but they called me names, like smierze, which translated to “smelly Jew”. ...
Meet Celia Kener, the woman who survived the Holocaust
Celia Kener told her story to Jake Nevins, the New York Times Magazine's editorial fellow
As told to Jake Nevins | NYT Last Updated at January 24, 2020 21:06 IST