Wednesday, January 13, 2010

New York Times 1942 Article - Brest Jews

I found this article in The New York Times online archive. It was published on November 24, 1942, about 5 weeks after the liquidation of the Brest Ghetto. I always find it interesting to read stories about an event shortly after it occurred, before the event has been over-analyzed. Sometimes, however, there are facts missing or incorrectly stated simply because better information was not available at the time. According to this article, stories were circulating that thousands of Brest-Litovsk Jews were thrown into the Bug River and drowned. Of course we now know that these thousands, including members of the Tokar/Toker family, were either killed in the Ghetto (murdered or died of "natural causes") or were transported to the death pits at Bronnaya gora (Bronna Gora in Polish) where they were shot and buried.

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