Meir’s Story: Chapter 2, Part 1

Chapter 2

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After less than two years, on June 22, 1941, the Nazis broke the Molotov- Ribbentrop Pact and invaded the Soviet-held territories. By July 2 the Nazis entered Korets and immediately instituted their racial policies against the Jews.

Testimony: “Nazis Arrive In Korets”

“Jews were not “human beings.”

—Meir Kransnostawski

Everything that the refugees had described about the German persecution of the Jews was now a stark reality for Meir and all the Jews of Korets. The Nazis conducted random searches in Jewish homes, and physically attacked Jews on the streets.

For Meir, the situation became particularly personal when the Nazis decided to set up a Jewish council called the Judenrat to help govern the Jewish community. As a leading figure in the community, the Nazis ordered Meir’s father to be part of this council.

It was difficult for Mr. Kransnostawski to know whether to comply with the Nazi orders, but he hoped that by being involved in this way he would be able to help his fellow Jews.

Organization chart showing the structure of the administration of the Terezin Ghetto, by Peter Loewenstein, 1941-1944.

Organization chart showing the structure of the administration of the Terezin Ghetto, by Peter Loewenstein, 1941-1944.

Testimony: “The Judenrat

“And then, five people were chosen…”

—Meir Kransnostawski

Chapter 2

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