Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Anna Greenberger - August 24, 1982

Having Typhoid

So then I, I got very sick. So the doctor said that I will die 'til morning. But he gave for my sister Edith some tea and he said she should cook the tea and give me a spoon always in my mouth and that's it. And that night I started to vomit. But I don't know what, I didn't eat for weeks. And uh, I think that was the crisis for me. 'Til morning I didn't die. But she was crying. She says, "Ansi, we are liberated and now we will die." In the morning--it was Thursday morning--she went to the English embassy to the office, they called it ??? I don't know what was the meaning of it. And she couldn't speak English, but you know, from German. So she say, "My sister, typhus," you know, typhoid. And they came with a Jeep and took me and uh, I didn't know where they taking me and my sisters didn't know where they took me. They took me to a, a Red Cross hospital, but I didn't know where. When they took me there, there was full sick people. Some were shaved off. I didn't know why. Probably they had lice. So they were--they checked my head, my head was clean, so they didn't shave me. They took all my clothes, everything and they took me in a room--that was already the English army--thirty-two of us in one room. And there I was laying. Everybody there were Gypsies, there were Lithuanian, there were Polish, all kind with all kind of sicknesses. They had head typhoid and ??? uh, all kind, English typhoid and that typhoid and they had fever. And the doctor came to me and I was better already this morning. See that night when the doctor said I will die, that night I got better. That was the crisis probably between life and death.

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