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The feeling of revenge: Private Kolpanitskii in the Poznań area.

"It was 3 February 1945, a Saturday, one of the most important days of my life. Our mortar company was positioned behind the infantry. We did not see the results of our firing, but we heard about them. The results were good: our shots had caused enormous damage and havoc among the German units. A group of Germans, unarmed and hands waving from side to side, came out. I discerned on the faded collar of one soldier an SS emblem, which upset me. I went over to him and said 'Ich bin ein Jude.'

His face paled. He knew that his end had come…. This time we did hot hesitate. I explained to my comrades that these were SS soldiers. I stood up straight and said to myself 'My great day has come. SS soldiers had perpetrated most of the murders during the occupation and had imposed a reign of terror on us, had abused, degraded, beat us bloody from head to toe. Now they are going to be killed in cold blood, just like they had done to their victims. And by whom? By Kopel Kolpanitskii, the Jewish youth who had survived the Lahwah ghetto.  This was my victory over the Germans. This is called revenge'"[1]

 

 


 

[1] Kopel Kolpanitzky, Sentenced to Life: The Story of a Survivor of the Lahwah Ghetto. London: Valentine Mitchell, 2007, pp. 174-5.