“Three shots! Three lives lost! All I can hear are shots, shots.” This line is the final entry of Renia Spiegel’s diary. It is the final entry but it was not written by her but by her boyfriend.
Renia had left her diary with her boyfriend ,Zygmunt Schwarzer, for safekeeping. You see Renia could not write that line because one of those three shots was for her.
Zygmunt Schwarzer had helped Renia and his own parents to hide in the attic of his Uncle’s house but an informant betrayed her whereabouts to the Nazis;s and Renia and Schwarzer’s parents were shot in the street on July 30, 1942.
Her last name Spiegel means mirror in both the German and Dutch language. Renia’s story as so many others is a mirror we should look at. If we truly look into that mirror we can only come to one conclusion. So little has been learned form the horrors of the past, so little that we are bound to repeat them.
Ending this blog with some of Renia’s own words from July 15,1942 just over 2 weeks before she was killed . May her words be a mirror to our souls.
“Remember this day; remember it well, You will tell generations to come. Since 8 o’clock today we have been shut away in the ghetto. I live here now. The world is separated from me and I’m separated from the world. Leaving the ghetto without a pass, is punishable by death.
Inside, there are only our people, close ones, dear ones. Outside, there are strangers. My soul is so very sad. My heart is seized with terror,”
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