Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Bella Camhi - November 18, 1999

Smell of Camp

Wasn't there a generally bad smell all over the camp, from the smoke...


from the crematories?

This is what I told you from the beginning. I--you should have seen the block, that we were in. We would all go out, five o'clock by the time they count the heads. And girls will clean over there. You come in from work, it was so damn clean it was sickening. No. The, the smell of the transport yeah, because...

Not but--not at the crematorium.

The crematorium, yeah, you can smell the--you can smell McDonald's. Every time I pass McDonalds I would say you know, there is this smell, the same smell as the crematorium.

It is.

Yeah. Well, it's meat. Fresh. But uh, the smell over there where I was working it was awful. Awful smell.

Hm. Of course.

But me, I was happy because I didn't have to deal. We were alone there. We were left alone. They were sitting over there and they were falling asleep, you know. And the dogs were waking them up.

So you had some freedom.

Yeah. Unbelievable. Unbelievable.

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