The Nation: And I Hadn't Typed My Will'

Besse Zaritsky, 55, a mother of seven from suburban Silver Spring, Md., was at work as an editorial assistant on the National Jewish Monthly Wednesday morning when she heard "stomping up the stairs" in the B'nai B'rith building. Here is her account, told to TIME Correspondent Marguerite Michaels, of the ordeal that followed.

"We decided to barricade ourselves in one of the eighth-floor offices. We shoved the desk in front of the door, but they started beating the door down. We opened it up, and standing there were three gunmen. My boss, Charles Fenyvesi, who was captured by the Germans as a...

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