The Accounts of a Young German Girl (June 1935- August 1935) Essay
My name is Eleanor Wagner, I grew up in Hamburg, Germany. I recall being friends with all the neighborhood children. I was about nine or ten years of age as were most of my friends. There was one girl in particular who I considered to be a very dear friend to me. Her name was Helena Koch. Her family was very tight knit and consisted of her mother, father, and two younger siblings, a brother and sister. Our parents were friends as well and worked closely in a business not far from home. As innocent children we saw no differences in one another, and soon that would all change. I was of German decent and Helena was a German-Jew. An order came into effect that month of June 1935, …show more content…
In early August of 1935, I went to try and visit Helena but she was gone, her family was gone. I asked a little boy walking by if he knew of her and her family and he said yes but they were taken away by train a few days before. I was horrified of the thought where they could have gone. I ran home to my mother tears in my eyes and told her what had happened. She too began to cry.
I was just a child, there was nothing I could do to help Helena or her family. Not even my parents knew of anything to get them back. Not a day went by that I didn’t think of my best friend, hoping she was