‘I saw my mother shot — if I screamed it was internal’
HANNAH LEWIS fought back tears as she recounted seeing her mother killed by the Nazis in 1943.
Before an audience including Boris Johnson and other MPs, Mrs Lewis told her story to the annual HMD ceremony at City Hall.
She was six when he r f a mi l y wa s moved to a work camp in Adampol, a Polish village a few miles from her hometown of Wlodawa.
Her father escaped from the camp and joined the Partisans but “my mother and I stayed in Adampol. “One day there was this great whack on the door and my mother with great dignity got on her knees and gave me a huge hug and kisses and walked quietly to the door. “She opened it and closed it firmly behind her. When she didn’t come back, I got up and opened the door.
“There she was with others being marshalled towards the well. She didn’t look at me and as I tried to catch her eye suddenly an order was given and they [ t he Nazis] started to shoot.