International Yiddish Conference & Retreat

Harry Kamel: Journey From Poland to Uzbekistan

Harry Kamel

HARRY KAMEL attended Polish public school in the morning and then kheyder to learn Yiddish and Hebrew. In 1939 Hitler overran Poland. Harry
boarded a cattle car heading east to work on a collective farm 75 km. from Stalingrad. When they heard German planes overhead, a group left and
wound up in Uzbekistan working on a farm collecting cotton. In 1944 he wasndrafted into the Red Army and on the first Belarussian front he was
wounded in his left leg. For 16 years he attended City College at night.