Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Erna Blitzer Gorman - April 26, 1984

Hanging of Germans

Okay, the next uh, the next thing I remember is uh, after uh, you know, when, when we used to come we, we became um, scavengers, you know, when we would come to a room we would um, search through the rooms if we can find something um, because we didn't have a pot, not a piece of clothing, nothing. And um, for a while we did that and I remember finding... I speak particularly of one particular pot because it was so burned and everything, but I felt so great I had found something. Um, three, three sequences that I remember is when we were following the Russians, they would take people and, and hang, and hang them as, as soon as they would hit the village or whatever, city, I don't know. They would hang some people. And um, I, I remembered how unfeeling I was that I had no... I would go and I would not have any feeling at all watching somebody being hung. And, and even the second time I sort of almost enjoyed it. See I... Should I tell you how I felt then?

Yeah. Were these Germans already?

I... I'm not sure, but the only Germans were the third, the third, or maybe it was... One of the times it was Germans because they were in uniforms. The others may have been too, but I don't remember them being in uniforms. But, you know um, they were, they were, they were a couple of them were crying, you know, and I wanted to pull the damn cord, you know. I wanted to hang... I had such hate. And you know the, the way you hang people you know that, that, their mucus comes out of their noses, their tongues hang out and their, their bodies twitched and I liked it. I actually liked it. Can you imagine that? Oh, I don't know, I'm not even sure I want anybody to listen. It's too... There's too much of me in there. Um, let me see. Uh, let me see what followed after that.

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