|The War That Came Early |
POD: July 20, 1936;
Relevant POD: September 29, 1938
|Type of Appearance:||Direct POV|
|Date of Birth:||c.a. 1920|
|Parents:||Samuel and Hannah Goldman|
|Spouse:||Isidor Bruck (d. 1942)|
|Relatives:||Saul Goldman (elder brother)|
Sarah Bruck (née Goldman) (b. c. 1920) was a young German Jewess. She and her family lived in Münster. Despite the rise of the Nazi Party, she and her family did not consider leaving. Indeed, they viewed themselves as Germans first, and Jews second.
When the second European war broke out in 1938, Sarah's father and brother attempted to enlist, but were turned down due to their faith, even though her father had earned an Iron Cross in the First World War. Ironically, it was the persecution of the Jews that made her family view themselves as Jews and not Germans.
She helped her family survive in the wake of the German government's anti-Semitism, which was slowly challenged by the disgruntled common German and shown in little ways. In one of her errands, she met Isidor Bruck, the local Jewish baker's son. The two started going out and soon were married and lived together in the Brucks' house/bakery.
In the spring of 1942, while shopping late in the day (after 5PM when Jews were permitted to get what little was left in the stores) her husband's family bakery was destroyed during a British daylight bombing raid. Isidor and his parents were killed in the blast. Sarah was safe because she was not at home during the bombing, but she lost all, her new husband and his family. She then found out the that Nazi government was taking ownership of their property and other assets for the "good of the Reich", leaving her nothing and adding insult to injury. She resumed living with her mother and father as if her whole marriage had never happened.