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nuneatonlibrary
People in story: 
Wladyslawa Zur (told by her daughter-in-law)
Location of story: 
Bielsko Biala, Poland
Background to story: 
Civilian
Article ID: 
A2732906
Contributed on: 
11 June 2004

The war had already began and my mother-in-law was carrying on with her everyday job. She got up at 5am to catch the 6am train from a small village on the outskirts of Bielsko Biala, which is 15km from Auschwitz.

Waiting for the train, she regularly watched the sunrise. After a few weeks, she realised there was another orange glow in the sky. She wondered to herself what it could be. She sat next to her friends on the train for the journey to work, and they all wondered what the glow was. She did go home and ask her parents, but they usually changed the subject.

After about six months, more and more people were disappearing, and she heard a rumour that Auschwitz was a concentration camp. The glow in the sky made her shudder as she realised it was heat haze from the furnaces. The revelation of the horror of the war stayed with her.

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