Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Anna Greenberger - August 24, 1982

Getting Settled into Barracks

So then they took us to the blocks, they were uh, names like A Lager, and B and C. And so the C was the worst because that was like a death camp. So they took us there, all five of us. And wherever we went in, in a block, nobody wanted us because we were five, you know. Uh, like they were already, on one bed was eight people like sardines, so. So and it was five of us, and everybody occupied already so we didn't have room. So we went to one cell, they threw us out. And if you didn't have room, so they took you right away in crematorium. So we were going from the thirteen, then we went to twenty-nine number, and we went uh, I don't remember exactly. Then finally my mother's father went--he was--we were still home. My grandmother died, she was pretty young, so he remarried. He married his child sweetheart. Uh, he was uh, courting her when she was a girl, but uh, they went separate ways. He--so it's like my step-aunt. She saw us--that everybody's, you know, throwing us around and you couldn't do nothing--we were laying on cement. And when they were giving clothes--so they didn't give clothes, it's just schamtes, you know. So for me, I was nude. I didn't have nothing. It wasn't enough clothes. They were grabbing everybody. So for six weeks I was nude, completely. I didn't have no clothes, nothing. And uh, so she saw us. She said, "You come in the uh, block twenty-six and you just hide in a corner. Go on the bottom. Don't talk nothing. And if you will be here a few days, so nobody will pay any attention." So there where we remained in cell--block twenty-six. So from there we heard already--and we didn't volunteer for nothing. We didn't want to volunteer because if uh, they picked somebody, one or two, so you never saw them anymore. And we wanted to be together.

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