Assignment # II
November 12, 2010
On September 1, 1939, when Germany invaded Poland, things turned
bad to most Polish
Jews. Before the invasion, they made a lot of profits by running their businesses. However, in the
society, Jews were actually minority, but still the Germany’s Nazi came with hate for Jews,
making Jew’s life really hard and tough; people needed to find a lot of ways in able to survive.
During this time, food was strictly rationed by the Germanys; they set the limitation of
getting how many food they could get by giving them coupon.
As time went by, the Germanys
wanted to control everything, including some Jews businesses. Therefore, most of Jews lost their
businesses. Because they lost their legal businesses, some Jews, including Vladek tried to find
another way to continue their life by conducted black market business until one of them was
executed for selling goods without coupons and was left to hang for days as a warning to others.
The Germans also did some harsh actions to elderly Jews people.
Vladek’s father told
him that the Germans did some unkind actions toward Jews “in September the German soldiers
grabbed many Jews in the street, they made us sing prayers while they laughed and beat us . . .
and before letting us go, they cut off our breads and now the demons have taken away my seltzer
factory” (Spiegelman I, 65).
In 1943 all Jews were forced to leave Sosnowiec for ghetto in the nearby town of
Srodule. “All Jews what are left in Sosnowiec must go to live in an old village nearby called
Srodula [ghetto]” (Spiegelman I, 105).
One night, an uncle of Anja's brother-in-law arrived; he
wanted to keep Anja's sister
, their daughter Bibbi, and Vladek’s son, Richie to live with