By Brad A. Greenberg, Staff writer
Article Launched: 04/13/2007 10:32:58 PM PDT

Hershel Frankiel was just 8 years old when he was told to crawl into a hole in Nazi-occupied Poland with his parents and aunt.

Inside a shed and covered with wood, the hole was 6 feet wide, 6 feet long and 2 1/2 feet deep. The occupants of the hole crammed in like sardines to avoid being found and given to the Nazis.

In the morning, the owner of the farm carried a pail to the barn to milk his cow, secretly bringing food that he slipped through a shaft to his Jewish refugees. Out the shaft they would pass their bodily waste.