Seventy years ago today

Okay, here’s my contribution to April Fool’s Day: last year’s Executed Today entry. On April 1, 1942, the Nazis wanted a certain gentleman by the name of Hersh Smolar, who was hiding in the Minsk Ghetto. He’d been in charge of the resistance movement within the ghetto and had caused some serious annoyance. So the Nazis wanted to make an example of him and were prepared to kill anyone who stood in the way of their goal.

The Judenrat, however, remembered the Biblical story of Joseph and adapted it to modern times: they made up a passport for Smolar, smeared it with blood and took it to the Gestapo. They said they must have gotten him in a random shooting because the passport had been found on a body at the cemetery — a body that was so mutilated as to be completely unrecognizable, so the Germans needn’t bother looking at it.

And the Germans ACTUALLY BOUGHT THIS. Way to go, superior Aryan race!

Hersh Smolar lived to the ripe age of 88.

3 thoughts on “Seventy years ago today

  1. Saffy April 1, 2012 / 1:35 pm

    good story!
    my mother had a friend whose last name was smolar (her married name).

  2. marycarney April 1, 2012 / 1:48 pm


  3. Diane April 2, 2012 / 2:17 am

    Best. April Fool’s Day “prank”. Ever.

    The BBC and their silly “spaghetti trees” thing have been usurped in a major, major way.

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