Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Bert Dan - November 17, 1982

Fear of Being Taken by Russians

And uh, we felt very good and we were--felt secure, even though that uh, there are the Russians--they didn't trust anybody, and no matter whether we are Jewish or whatever. It was sometimes dangerous to go out in the street. Even during the day--not talking about the night--but during the day. They just had sometimes, you know, they sent out a whole bunch of soldiers and they grabbed people in the street and they ordered 'em--took 'em to the train station and they took 'em away. Just like, just like that. And unfortunately there were quite a few Jewish people who fell into uh, something like that. Very unfortunately. They came back home, all of them. I wasn't, you know, that I knew that they taken away again by the Russians--but they all came back about a month later or so. They just took 'em to some labor camp to, to work. But there was no exception because you are Jewish or because you are exempt or whatever. They grabbed people in the street and then threw them in and go. So what--so we had our bad times too. But it was beyond comparison to what was going on before, naturally.

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