Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Simon Goldman - June 6, 2003

Traveling to Czechoslovakia and Austria

No, no one.

No. Because I was really--when I left uh, Poland and I got to Czechoslovakia to Prague--I, uh, there was a lady there with two girls. And some people stayed in Prague. Prague was safe, you know, after--even after the war, six months after the war it was safe. And uh, Poland, I, I thought, still wasn't safe. So I went, I went to Prague at that time. And uh, and a lot of people stayed a day or two, but I didn't know what to do. So once that lady with the two girls said she's going, she's going right across on the train, she's taking train going across to Ger...to Germany. So I said, I'll go with you. So we went across the border there, I was on the American side already when we crossed into Germany. And uh, they took her off the train and they, the Russians, on one border was the Russians, they took her and the daughters off the train and they took her back to, I don't know where they took her. And I hid among the people underneath the bench because they started a commotion with her, so I walked out to the other side. And I hid. And the Czechs knew that already I'm hiding, you know, but they didn't. They were, the Czechs I think they were nice people. So they let me hide there and I went across the border and I was on, on the American side already because the--once you got from Czechoslovakia to the uh, to the American side, across the Russian border you could come into the American border. But over there you didn't have no problems.

So what city were you in?

In, well, in uh, Prague.

But from Prague you went to...

Yeah, it's not too far...


...yeah, it wasn't too far...

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