Tell No One Who You Are: The Hidden Childhood of Régine Miller

By Walter Buchignani

Through the days of Nazi terror in Europe, many Jewish kids have been taken from their households and hidden. Régine Miller was once one such baby, who left her mom, father, and brother while she used to be 10 years outdated. completely by myself as she is shunted from position to put, informed to inform nobody she is Jewish, she hears that her mom and brother were taken by way of the SS, the German mystery police. in basic terms her determined wish that her father will go back sustains her. At war’s finish she needs to discover ways to dwell with the bad fact of “the ultimate solution,” the Nazi’s extermination camps.

The those who sheltered Régine disguise a large spectrum of human kinds, starting from callous to sort, nervous to defiant, exploitive to worrying. it is a tale of a courageous lady and an both courageous girl to inform the tale such a lot of years later.

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Then there has been her favourite uncle, Zigmund, her father’s brother who had long past from Poland to stay in Germany first yet left and got here to Belgium while Hitler and the Nazis made lifestyles risky for Jews. whilst he nonetheless lived in Germany Oncle Zigmund had come to Brussels for a trip and taken Régine a doll as a present. It was once her one and simply doll. She stared on the photo of Oncle Shlomo and puzzled what it was once like in England now. whilst she was once 4, the kin traveled to England through ferry on a trip and Oncle Shlomo taught her tips to count number to 10 in English, the 1st English she ever realized. at the radio she heard that the Germans have been bombing England. was once Oncle Shlomo okay? the largest photograph hung above the mattress in her mom and dad’ room. It was once black and white in a heavy, wood body. It confirmed a tender, good-looking couple, the groom skinny and handsome in a dismal go well with, status subsequent to his bride who seemed very lovely in her lengthy white dress. Régine’s mom and dad had married in Poland in 1923. They got here to Belgium in 1928 with Léon, who was once years outdated. Régine used to be struck through how a lot her father nonetheless gave the impression of the good-looking guy within the photo. simply her mom had replaced. She seemed too previous and skinny now to be the individual within the photo. She additionally appeared sadder. Régine knew the explanation as she checked out her mom within the mattress underneath the picture. She used to be getting sicker for all time and bought up for brief classes at a time, then needed to return to relaxation. Her father not took Régine to the Solidarité conferences. Acts of sabotage elevated opposed to battle factories and verbal exchange traces. It used to be very harmful. Suspects have been rounded up and brought to the headquarters of the Gestapo, the German mystery police. There they have been shot and their names released within the newspapers for everybody to work out, as a caution to somebody who considered opposing the German career. however the Germans killed not just suspected saboteurs. an individual considered communist or socialist used to be an enemy of the Nazis. Many have been taken away, by no means to be visible back. one of many first to vanish was once Monsieur Demers, the upstairs neighbor who used to ask her father to hear his radio. although he was once now not Jewish, he were arrested as a member of a Belgian association opposing the Germans. Régine frequently thought of the purple underside of her famous person of David. If someone have been to determine approximately it, what could ensue? Her father used to be at risk, too. Her mom introduced it up whenever her father left the condo. “Be careful,” she whispered. “If they discover you’re a member of Solidarité, you may be taken away like your pals. ” “Don’t worry,” her father continually responded. “They won’t discover. ” Few viewers now got here to the condo on rue Van Lint. now not even Edgar Herman, her father’s ally and likewise a member of Solidarité. He used to drop in frequently and Régine neglected his visits, although at any time when he got here, she needed to defend his bicycle downstairs, simply because Léon’s bicycle have been stolen from that very spot. whilst the Germans closed down Jewish companies, together with the leather-based businesses, there has been no paintings for her father.

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