Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Rose Green - May 21, 2008

Life Under German Occupation

And you were there when the Germans marched in.


Do you remember that?

We didn't look. ???.

What started to change when the Germans came?

I remember my father was still in practice when the Germans came in--would you like some more?

No, no, thank you.

And uh, he--this was um, what was it? You know, I forget a lot. Yes, my father was in the office and the Germans sent out ahead of time people to prepare certain things there, I don't know what it was. They dug and they pre...prepared the territory there for their occupation apparently, you know. So uh, they came into the office and uh, they needed some toothache or something and my father told them, "Gentlemen, I have to tell you that, that I'm a Jew and I didn't want any problems with it." And one of the guys, one of the guys--one of the patients said, "I didn't ask you ???" and then uh, when my father told him that no charge, he paid. He didn't want this for nothing. So there were among them--I don't know. You know, it was so confusing, it was unbelievable, unbelievable.

And did you ever encounter Germans on the street? German soldiers after the occupation?

No, no I did not because uh, because they didn't come uh, they didn't come to our town. Our town was a small but our Slovaks were the, were the hands of their, you know.

So they carried out the order.

They carried it out.

And what did they do?

Uh, to us nothing. My husband was so much--we were hiding out at the--my husband's old friends in an attic for a long time. My husb...my sisters were hiding out for awhile and they all went to Budapest and we stayed there, and so--oh yeah, they, they told us, if we are going to work on a, on a state farm that they are not going to take us, that they are--we are going to be free. So we went to work on a state farm. My father was still working at the time.

Still practicing.

Still practicing. And uh, we worked on a state farm, and then from there they took us away. They said that they wouldn't take us, but they did. We, we planted and we, we took care of the lands for all summer. By the time we finished up, they took us--very hard work and we were happy. We, we said, "Okay, we'll do that."

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