Like the Kraków Ghetto, the Tarnów was a place where Jews were living together in filthy, cramped apartments, sickness was rampant,
and the people lived in poverty. The Jews here were used as slave labor for the Nazi regime. Jósef Kempler’s sister and brother-in-law, Jack and Dziunka Laub lived in the Tarnów Ghetto. Also, living here for a short time was Jósef’s childhood friend Anita Laub, her mother and her aunt and uncle.
In September 1942, there was a round-up. Many Jews were subjected to a selection. Those deemed unfit for work were sent by the thousands to Belzec extermination camp. Random deportation to extermination camps continued until 1943, when Tarnów was declared free of Jews.
See Cast of Characters from, The Altered I, a Holocaust Memoir.
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