Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Eva Cigler - March 17, 1982

Ghetto in Beregszász

How did that happen and when did that happen?

In, it's happen in '44 around uh, just before Pesach, April. They uh, take one street by one s...you know, it was going street by street. Uh, and they packed the Jewish people, said, "You just take some clothes, not too much, and some uh, pillows and covers," and they push us on the uh, trucks there and they took us to the ghettos. So we see the next day the other street was coming, so all around us, slowly by slowly. A week, it didn't take them a week all the Jewish population was in the ghettos already.

Where was this ghetto? Was it a lower class neighborhood?

No, it's a--was where I was working in a brick

It was in a brick factory.

factory. So I was very uh, familiar about you know, all the things, the places there. So I know my way around there. When it was longer, I said, my God, I was working with this uh, place and here. So it was late afternoon and they was took us. And uh, came the night and you know, you just uh, laid on the plain floor because you couldn't uh, put the bedding down because it was in a bunch someplace else. They didn't uh, put it in the same uh, truck or something. And the next day they give us our little bundle and then they said you stay in this barrack and you make yourself comfortable how you could. So we stayed there April, I think about six uh, weeks.

Who gave you this bundle, this little bundle?

No, we took it...


from home. That were you know, dresses, how much you uh, you took two dresses. And then uh, you took two pair of shoes. Because they said you can't take too much because there was a Hungarian standing there when you was packing. They didn't give you a day to pack, they give you two hours or a hour sometime. And when we came out they put the lock on the door and then you couldn't, uh...

Couldn't go back in.

go back in anymore.

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