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The Summer of 1941

John Rinde interview by Chris Patti

J.R.: In the summer of forty-one [1941], Hitler suddenly attacked Russia. Again, they were on the San, and we were maybe sixty miles, sixty to eighty miles, east of that. So, it was in one day or two we heard the firing in the streets, and the Germans came in. And shortly after they came in, they passed a decree that all the Jews over a certain age had to wear that armband with the Star of David on it. And being caught in the streets without it was an automatic death sentence. Okay? And one of my aunts was caught like that, you know, without it, and was taken away never to be seen again.