‘I saw my mother shot — if I screamed it was in­ter­nal’

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY ROSA DO­HERTY

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.

Han­nah Lewis

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