Morris Engleson (b. 1935)

Morris Engleson was born in 1935 in Vilna, Lithuania. He was six years old in 1941 when the Germans invaded the small town of Podbrodzie, near Vilna in Poland, where his father’s extended family lived. 

Ironically, his family was saved after the Russians came because they did not have money, which would have made it worth local Polish people killing them or caused fear of their power from the Russians. There were, however, great changes when the Germans moved in, such as relocation of all Jews to one area, curfews, wearing the yellow star and curtailment of movement outside the area to work or shop. All of this was normalized for a child, and Jewish life continued within the delineated lines.