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Narrator: She really was an extraordinary person.

She had time for everyone and was loved and admired
by so many. She was unerringly considerate to others, she had a tolerance for humanity. In the face of such
inhumane experience, she came out of it with so much love for people and did everything she could to
promote love and peace. - Jenny, Margarets daughter
Margaret Kagan, a survivor of the Holocaust. Died at 86 from cancer,on March 31, surrounded by family.
She was known as a very compassionate, loving person. Lets step back in time and ask Margaret a few
questions.
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Interviewer: Hello Margaret. We are pleased to have you here today to tell your story!
Margaret Kagan: Its my pleasure!
Interviewer: What was your life like growing up?
MK: I grew up in Kaunas, with my mother, father, and little brother, Alik. My father worked for the
Lithuanian Embassy, and my mother stayed at home to watch me and my little brother. I dont really
remember any bad memories from my childhood. I loved playing with my brother, and didnt get many
responsibilities till I started growing up.
Interviewer: When did Lithuania start to change for you?
MK: Well, in 1941 the German army invaded. Many families in Kaunas and all of Lithuania fled because of
the danger, but we stayed in Kaunas, since Alik, my brother, was at a childrens holiday camp. The whole
town was in disarray. Jewish people were being targeted and shot, arrested, there was so much violence.
My-my father was arrested and.he didnt come back.
Interviewer: that mustve been hard.
MK: In August of that year, all the Jewish people were sent to ghettos. Many of us were hopeful that there
would be much better conditions there, you know, safe from the violence and chaos, we thought we would
have enough food and good living conditions. We were wrong.
Interviewer: Tell us more about the ghetto. What was it like there and how did it feel?
MK: The years in the ghetto were absolutely dreadful. We had very little food and we were packed in, three
families living in just two rooms. On top of that, we had to do hard labor.
Interview: what did you think about the war, I mean, were you hopeful or just?

MK: Oh, we had very little strength. We were never happy, our morale was horrible. But we didnt-we
couldnt imagine that the Nazis had a plan to get rid of us. We figured the war would be over soon, we
could get out of the ghettos.
Interviewer: What about Joseph? You met him at the ghetto.
MK: Joseph was the one who kept us going. He would steal extra food, and he had luxuries, including
gramophone records that we listened to over and over. I loved him. Joseph had a bad feeling about what
would happen to us, he knew we had to do something. So he came up with a plan.
Interview: What exactly did Joseph propose?
MK: He said, we would get married, and we would escape, go into hiding. I was wary at first, I wasnt sure
if it would work, but he convinced me. It was really the only chance of survival.
Interviewer: So Joseph arranged somewhere to hide, and you got a friend to take care of your brother,
right?
MK: Yes. Alik had blond hair and blue eyes, no one was going to be suspicious. Joseph and I went to the
registry office in the ghetto and got married. Then we went with Josephs mother and hid in the attic of a
local factory.
Interviewer: What was it like living in hiding for the nine months at the factory?
MK: I cant describe it in any other way than terrifying. We were forced to live in a tiny factory attic, and
we had to be silent, almost invisible during the day. We were even risking our friends and family's lives by
asking them to help. There were times where I was so afraid of being caught that I doubted I would even
survive through the war.
Interviewer: That mustve been a very stressful experience for me. How were you finally rescued?
MK: In July of 1944, the Soviet troops had arrived at Kaunas, and we were finally free.
Interview: What happened after you were free from the Germans?
MK: I saw my little brother, Alik, and we were both so thrilled to finally be together again. But, once I got
home, I found out that my mother...she committed suicide at a concentration camp. I felt like I couldnt
even breathe. Then, not long after, I was told that my father had been killed in the war early on. I didnt
even know how to feel after all this was thrown at me.
Interviewer: Im so sorry to hear that. How are you doing now? What is your new life like?

MK: I did my best to move on and rebuild my life with Joseph. We moved to England, where his father
owns a textile factory. Joseph began a business there, Kagan Textiles. My memories during the war will
never be forgotten, but I hope that my story encourages people to fight against discrimination and prejudice
under any circumstances.
Interviewer: Thank you so much for telling us your story. You will always remain an inspiration to all of us.
Please everyone, a round of applause for our guest speaker today, Margaret Kagan.

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