“Hitler did not come out of a vacuum; he was the product of 2,000 years of ill will, towards the Jews, that began with the expulsion of the Jewish people from their homeland, by the Romans who presided over Israel at the time, putting 125,000 Israelites to death on the cross, Jesus being one of them, for fighting the Romans, in order to free their people from bondage. It is the harrowing tale of one young girl’s upbringing and whose courage, inner strength, and will to live through a time in history unparalleled by any other, was fostered by the extraordinary example of her beloved parents,” writes Margot Swicarcik in her memoir Victim of Circumstances. It’s a chilling, yet somehow timely reminder of something we dare not forget.
Margot Swicarcik and her husband, David, immigrated from Germany to Canada, in 1951, where they settled in Montreal until the death of David. Margot has been living in Toronto since then.
The author is now in her nineties, and although she enjoys speaking, and has the ability to hold audiences captive with her riveting presence, she is reluctant to speak of that tragic time, when she lived under the terror of a Europe, at the mercy of the maniac Hitler intent upon the destruction of the Jewish people. And later, in Russia, when another maniac, Stalin, who reportedly put more people to death than Hitler, Jews being amongst them.
A timely and riveting journey. ◊