Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Isaac Engel - June 16 & 25, 1992

Conditions in Czestochowa

Can you tell me more about Czestochowa? What was it like there?

In Chenstochov it came, we had better food. First of all, it was like an open camp. There was a guard standing there. But you could go out anytime you wanted. He was standing there, a guard with a gun, with you know, the rifle. But you could go out and come in anytime you wanted. Because the, to the--first of all, go out is go out the barracks, in the factory were right near there. It was the barracks, you walked out from the barracks, you walked in right in the territory from the HASAG. So then the HASAG was connected with the, was a ??? they called it. It was already--we had these, were the, people from Chenstochov lived there on the other side, so. And people, the, the administration, let's put it this way, the head from the camp was their friend. All on different terms. I haven't seen anybody being shot there. Mind, when I was there. I wa...even I wasn't there so long, you know. Because in '44 and then--but it was a different--it was different. And if you wanted to you know, to get a little more soup you could get it. Because a lot of the people, the ones they were from Chenstochov, they didn't even eat the stuff from the ca...from the, the--everything was available for money. Like also the Poles came in at night.

Where did you get the money?

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