Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Albert Fein - February 19, 2005

Escaping Kamenetz-Podolsk II

So, mom came back and she says, ???. How we can think? And this was in the morning not--and this was before noon. And she says, "We have to do something. We cannot wait 'til overnight." So they went then back to the commandant and the commandant says--the Hungarian says, "I could send you out at five o'clock. You leave a truck to the border for post--the post office, no? The post truck to pick up uh, from, from their post to the army. I could send you all there." But we need a German stamp. So my mom went with the papers to the German commandant and told him, "We cannot uh, leave because now, now there is only going the truck and the truck will be going again in another week, we cannot stay here." So he didn't want it, he says, "I have to think my, my orders." She says, "Call, call the Hungarian commandant and he will tell you this. He is sending us tonight--he is sending us back." So they called and he said, "Okay, give me the paper," he put on the stamp and it was ready to go. This day we arrived, this was the 28th in the evening or the 29th, the 29th was this. The 29th in the evening, we arrived in Kolomyia. There he was taken to the railroad station and there we was staying overnight.

So was that another cattle car to, to the...


...to Kolomyia?


How did you go from Kamenetz-Podolsk to Kolomyia?

With the truck.

It was on a truck.

Yeah, with the truck.


The one who carried the post.

Oh, the postal truck, right.


Did you see anybody killed that day--on those days?

No. We didn't see...

You just heard the, the screaming?

We, we knew about it, we knew about it. The thing--the next day, because this was the 27th they was killing the foreign people and the 28th they was killing the people who--domestic people.

All Jews.


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