Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Franka Charlupski - November 19, 1981

Effects of Camp Life

You're not Hasidic anymore?

No. I was, I was never...

Is that because of the war?

...really Hasidic. My family was. I was brought up--I mean, I know exactly what should be done, and how it should be done. Uh, probably if my parents were alive and we survived, my life would have been more Orthodox but that doesn't mean I'm not a Jew...

No, I know...

...in the full sense of the word.

...I mean, it's not a question of you having lost faith in the camps or anything or do you think that's part of it?

Uh, I still believe in my people. I still believe that we Jews must be together. We must fight together. We must see that there is a strong and healthy Israel for our survival here in the United States.

Do you ever--do you think about it frequently...


...your experience in the camps?

Yes. I don't live with it, but I don't forget it. Because in order to live with it, you got to wind up being nuts but you don't forget this. It's with you all the time.

Where you physically--do you have physical...

No, I personally don't. I don't think so unless I'm mental and I don't know it. But uh, no, I don't think I was--thank God I mean, I'm sixty-one and I'm pretty good health.

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