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The first place that the Jews were sent after the arrival of the German soldiers in Sighet was actually to the ghettos. It was iin the spring of 1944 and the Jews thought that the end of the war was near and all would be well in Sighet because it had not reached them. The Jew received some bad news that the situation for the Jews was getting worse and "In less than three days, German Army vehicles made their appearance on our streets."
The Jews did not think the Germans lived up to their horrendous reputation so they welcomed them and tried to keep quiet and act amicably toward them. Before they what had happened the Germans struck during Passover and Elie recalls, "Then came the ghettos."The Jews of Sighet were moved into two ghettos in the center of town.
Later the ghettos were liquidated and the Jews were sent in cattle-cars to Birkenau where their journeys in the camps began.
The first place the Jews of the village of Sighet were sent when they were deported was to Birkenau, which was part of the most infamous concentration camp at Auschwitz, in Southern Poland.
The Nazis actually had given two decrees prior to evacuating the Jews from Sighet. The first time, they arrested all those who were foreign-born, including the teacher, Moshe the Beadle, who returned to tell the Jews that all those whom the Nazis had taken had been exterminated. The second decree given by the Nazis established Jewish ghettoes within the community, along with a long list of anti-Semitic laws. Finally, the Nazis packed all the Jews of Sighet onto boxcars, and transported them to Birkenau.
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