Genowefa Hochman

On harassment by border officials upon leaving Poland:

That was horrible. (…)

They rummaged through everything, tore the sleeves of the jackets apart. I had a frame – made while still at school – a canvas frame with little cherries painted on it, and there was a photograph inside – they ripped that frame to search it, because it was soft – I’d fitted a cotton lining to make it bulgy, and they destroyed that frame. It was meant to be my souvenir for when I’d get old – I made it as a child.

(Source: March ‘68 – memories of Lublin emigrants)