My name is Yosef Papilski, and I was born in
I began my studies at the Jewish school in 1937, and stopped in 1941.
The war broke out on
There were many roundups in the ghetto. Thus three very difficult years passed.
When the Germans sensed that the Red Army was approaching, they decided to liquidate the ghetto. The Jews were sent to the camps.
In the summer of 1944 I was sent to
I was a witness to the well-oiled German death machine in Birkenau. I came down with a serious illness and was sent to the hospital. I was saved by a miracle. After being released from the hospital I didn't return to the group of 131 but continued on my own.
From Birkenau I was sent back to
I was liberated by the British in
After the war I returned to Vilna, in
I married in 1953. I have two sons and four grandchildren. My oldest son lives in
I immigrated to
Today I live in Lod and work as an engineer in the Altech company.