Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Bella Camhi - November 18, 1999

Knowledge of Germans

Let's go back to 1941 now. Did you talk to anybody at home about what the Germans, what it meant that the Germans were coming in?

I told you that uh, the family don't believe it. "Oh, she's just reading," you know.

What, what were you telling them?

I, I'm telling you know, that where we're uh, they, we're out, they're taking us is going to be a, a pleasure than going from here from sleeping on the floor, in a dirt floor, we're going to have a condominium. I told them as it was written in the papers. I mean, when you read something, what you're going to say, you know more than what is written.


No, it was not a, two years with the Germans, it was not a easy tack.

I mean, were there things that you couldn't do after the Germans came that you could do before? I mean like, could you...

No, no, no, no. We, we were already in ghettos.

Before--when the Germans came, you were, they put you in the ghetto.

Right, right away they pile 'em, pile you know, they were already making transfers. Uh, like in March, I was almost the last uh, ship.

In March '43.


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