Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Mala Weintraub Dorfman - September 15, 2005


So, this was what, 1942.

Nineteen forty-two, '43 I think we went into Częst... Częstochowa, '42, '43 we were in Skarzysko, then end of '43 we went into Częstochowa or the beginning of '44, I don't remember anymore.

Had you heard of Auschwitz or Treblinka or...

No, we didn't know, no, we didn't know. I didn't know. I didn't know anything.

So, you were worried.

Sure I was worried, I didn't know if they were alive or not, I did not know. And they didn't know about me either.

And did the Germans give you specific orders about where to go and what to do and...

Oh sure, but like I said, the same Kapo came with us on Skarzysko to Częstochowa. It was a pleasure because she knew exactly what we were doing. It was our luck-the girls that were sitting at the table-it was our luck that we had such a wonderful person.

It was luck, you think.

Yeah, we were very lucky.

So, what was the work you did there?

I worked with ammunition. Those bullets came and they had points, so we had to make sure that a certain point had to be... Killed my eyes with it. And uh, we put it, you know, in a, in an uh, when it was okay they put it in one place, and if it not okay we put it in another side, side. And they checked it, they checked it. And uh, God forbid if you put the wrong one in the wrong place. That was it.

Do you remember the HASAG?

HASAG, yeah, sure.

Is that the company that you...

Yeah, for HASAG, yeah, that's exactly.

Munitions company.

Yeah, for HASAG.

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