Not only is this fascinating for this reason, but this is the woman in the documentary “Steal a pencil for me” about how she and Jack Polak were carrying on an affair in the camp before they went to Bergen Belsen and he had to write her letters because his wife was upset that he would sneak out at night with her. Within weeks after the war he demanded a divorce and married Ina Soep (now Polak). His wife never remarried and died alone in a nursing home. From what I understand, she felt that she was still married in the eyes of God. Ina and Jack were married over 60 years last I heard.
Amazing about this though! I actually recommend watching that movie, it’s free on hulu.com. It’s beyond fascinating for the Holocaust story involved and also footage. Jack, her husband, was the principle at the first camp they were located. This was the camp that Hitler used to show how FABULOUS life was in the ‘work camps’ and so they had it much easier. It wasn’t until later that they were sent to Bergen Belsen where they nearly starved and died from typhus.
Oh, and the Jack that ran off with the woman in this story, also denied his dying sister a piece of bread he was “saving.” He said a friend of his didn’t speak to him for nearly a decade because he also wouldn’t share that piece of bread with his friend’s dying son.
As much as this man adored Ina, I walked away feeling like they were selfish. But then again, they went through hell, maybe they deserved each other. They seemed happy enough.
I don’t know, I do know I felt very conflicted afterward.
Was the movie designed to make you conflicted? I haven’t seen the movie and don’t know anything about it, but am really suspicious of stuff put out today as to what it is leading us to think.
Lots of people want us to feel conflicted over the Holocaust these days.
In the concentration camps, from what I have read, it was common for people to put their own lives ahead of others, to hide food, to eat it themselves and not share. Unless you have been extremely hungry, and I mean hungry, not just ready to eat, but HUNGRY, you can't really pass judgment on people trying to survive.
People like to think they would unselfishly share food with others when their lives are on the line, but most of us wouldn't. We don't know what we will do if we were starving. Dictators know this, that is why one of their first moves is to limit the food supply, it has been done over and over again and it works very effectively to control people.