Monday, October 27th 1941
I can hardly bear to write to you today. Something terrible has happened. I must start from the beginning. Father came to pick me up early from school today. He was running errands when mr. Ackermann caught him at the grocery store. He is our neighbor and a family friend. He told father that right after he had left to get groceries that... That mother had been taken by the Nazis. He also said that he was drafted. He said his wife and children we're going to escape to the Border and that we should come with them. When he picked me up I asked if we were coming home. He said we would not be going home for a while. He said we were going to stay with Miss Ana for tonight, though not at her house. Tonight we are staying in a warehouse. It's cold and damp. I told this to father and he said it will be colder and damper while we are on the Run. I asked if mr. Ackermann will be okay. father says he doesn't know. If he survives the war and the Nazis find out about his wife and children he may be killed. Miss Ana does not live with mr. Ackermann. For Miss Ana is Jewish and mr. Ackermann is German. Miss Anna is a family friend and we have known her forever. But I have never met her children. I was told I would be the second youngest there. I then asked how many children would be there. Father said four. Little Elijah, who is 6 months old, miss Ana's youngest. Amelie who is 17, Miss Ana's oldest. And Jakob who is 16, going on 17, a friend of Amelie's from school. I am only 13, going on 14, as you know. When we arrived at the warehouse, Miss Ana came out to greet us, holding baby Elijah in her arms. I thought baby Elijah looked funny at first, but I couldn't quite pinpoint what it was. She told us to come in, and so we did. A girl in the corner, I figured it was Amelie, was reading. A boy that looked her age came up and greeted us, giving father a firm handshake. He seemed happy to meet us, even in these terrible times. Miss Ana handed me some clothes, she said she knew we came in a rush and we wouldn't have had time to grab extras. So she took some of Amelie's old clothes for me. I noticed the star was torn off. Jacob said he removed the Stars off of all of our clothes. He then handed me a pocket knife so I could remove the stars on the clothes I was currently wearing. As miss Ana turned around, I saw what was wrong with little Elijah. One of his arms was really small, and the other was normal. I had later asked Miss Ana about this, she said he was born with a limb difference. Jakob was German. I asked him why he ran. He said it was because he loved. Because he loved other men. I asked why that was wrong, he told me he didn't know. He then asked why it was wrong to be a Jew. I said I didn't know. Then I understood. I then said Nazis are weird. He agreed. I asked about his parents then, he said they were taken for being Jehovah's Witnesses. I asked what that meant, he said they were Germans who refused to follow the Nazis. Then we all came together and Miss Ana went over what was going on. She said she had a contact who could smuggle us over the Border. She said food would be slim, and nights would be cold. And we would have to be quiet. She said we had a deadline to meet. For if we don't get to the rendezvous in time, they would leave without us. She says once we get over the Border Kama she has a cousin who would be willing to house us until the war is over. There would be the six of us plus her cousin's family living under the same roof. She said we were going to learn to like each other whether we wanted to or not. She said we would leave early tomorrow morning, so we'd best rest up. That is all for tonight, we have a long day ahead tomorrow.