Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Hannah Fisk - January 24, 1983

Conditions During Transport

...the barracks, you know.


Like I say, was three day--three nights and two days we were on that train.

Did you have any food on the train?

I--they, they gave us bread. They gave us bread--dry bread, I remember, and uh, what else? They, they gave us something else but that's beyond me. No, no cooked food. No. Not, not for the three days while we were there, no. But you know what's happened, everybody had something from home. Because when we were in that barracks, the--before we went, my sister-in-law came and she brought me some sandwiches. And my other sister brought me a little fruit, you know? So, we were allowed. Happily, we--they didn't took it, took it away. So we had what to eat. But all they give us is dry bread.

Hm. Was it crowded in the train?

Yeah. It was crowded because we were going in the same uh, capacity what the animals. There were cows and sheep, you name it, they were there. We were the same. It was crowded. It was not uh, it was not uh, a train where you carry people.


Just where you carry animals.


I mean, they even didn't feel comfortable, the Germans alone. You know. They used to be very angry and they says, in the beginning they were not so bad. You know, they used to say, "Why couldn't they have a train a little bit where people are going? Not with animals." They didn't like it cause animals were stinking, you know. They, they didn't care, they made it wherever they could and stuff and they were even very upset.

You mean the animals were in the cars with you?

Yeah, with us. Yeah. Yeah.

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