Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Eva Ackermann - December 6, 1982

Fate of Parents

Were you thinking about your mother at all?

I was thinking uh, a lot about my mother and uh, a lot about my father. And the feeling, I never stopped. I did, I suppose uh, my feelings are--I, I have to, I have so many different feelings that I really can't uh, give one specific because at that time I don't remember. I remember that I, it hurt me very much that uh, the good-bye hurt me very much that it was--I'm not going to say it was casual, but it was not uh, somehow it was not what it should have been. Um, maybe I didn't realize where I was going. Maybe she didn't realize where I was going, because it was, we didn't know, maybe it was, we thought maybe it was for a day or two, maybe to work somewhere. As you know, they would utilize you, which uh, youth. So that was very much on my mind and I didn't know where my father was at that point. I really had no recollection uh, where he was. He was somewhere in a labor camp and I was very close to him.

You knew he had been sent to a labor camp?

Yes, but I didn't know where he was and he remarried by the way.

Did your father survive?


He did not survive?

No, which is another very sad story, because uh, when I--from what I learned that he uh, he was released from the labor camp and I don't know if you know, there was a ghetto in Budapest at uh, I don't know when they uh, I left in November--October twenty-third, but then ultimately sometime at the beginning of November and they managed to get my mother out, because they managed to get the people from forty to--and up uh, they managed to send her to concentration camp. She was in Bergen-Belsen. She didn't survive and my father was in the ghetto with his wife and uh, I don't know, would you want me to cut in and uh, get to him

Go ahead.

...before I finish with myself?

Go ahead sure, tell...

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