Schwartz, a Polish Jew who miraculously survived the KZ
camp Plaszow and the Holocaust, later recalled the
slaughter of the Cracow ghetto in Holocaust Testimonies,
edited by Joseph J. Preil, and he described the terrible
fate of a blond little girl:
I came to Plaszow the first day, they put me in a group
where we were digging a huge grave .. they brought in
trucks, with children, from infant to twelve years old.
They were all killed .. when the children were brought in,
they were shot, right in that grave ..
group was bringing, with a wheelbarrow, some chlorine
powder and putting on, because there was such a tremendous
amount of bodies in those graves ..
little girl, a beautiful blond girl, sat down in the
grave, dressed in an Eskimo white fur coat, was all
bloody, and asked for a little bit of water .. this child
swallowed so much blood, because it was shot in the neck.
And then it started to vomit so terribly. And then it lay
down and it says, "Mother, turn me around, turn me
child did not know what happened to it. It was shot, it
was half-dead after it was shot. And this child sat down
in the grave, among all the corpses, and asked for water
.. it was still alive. There was no mother, just children
brought from the Cracow ghetto.
So this little girl lay down, and asked to be turned
around. What happened to it? I do not know. It was
probably covered alive, with chlorine .. I am sure,
because they did not give another shot to that girl
1.5 million children were murdered during the Holocaust
- she was one of them ...