Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Rose Green - May 21, 2008

Visiting the Yad Vashem

Is there anything you want to add to this?

I don't know what to do, what to say. What would be interesting? I just want to know that I hope this thing will never, never happen again, will never, never happen again.

Have you been to the Holocaust Memorial Center?

Here? No, I want to go.

Have you been to the one in Washington?

No, I was in Israel.

At Yad Vashem.

Yad Vashem, yeah. And, and I was a few years I went to the children's memorial.

In Israel.

In Israel, yeah. They--where they have memorialized a million chil...have you seen it?

We were just there in February.

So, that was a very interesting story. I got there--we went with a tour, and uh, and I went there and I, I couldn't stand it. That, that atmosphere, that I felt like I crying or something. I wouldn't stop crying. I went out and there was a woman--she was an English woman. Her father was working in the uh, what's the name of it? The country, not of Israel--Lebanon. He was something...

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...she was there on a tour. She was a big, heavy girl, very, very nice face, a heavy girl. And we went to eat somewhere and nobody looked at her, nobody paid attention to her. And I asked her if she would like to come and sit with me at the table and she, she was very happy and she came to sit down with me and we talked. And she said, she was in Lebanon so often and she always wanted to come to Israel, she could never come. I don't remember what she said but for some reason, but her father was some kind of office and she didn't want to go. And finally she, she could come, so she came to Israel. And I come out and went into that place and as I said I went out because I couldn't stand it, because I had a lot, a lot of little cousins who died in the Holocaust--lot of cousins and relatives--little children and uh, so I, I couldn't stand it. And I came out and the woman--she came in with me into that place, you know, and she was sitting there on the bench and crying, her eyes are red like onions and uh, she, she was crying. And I said, "So, didn't you go in?" I said, "I just came out." She said, "I couldn't stand it." She said, "Those pigs, those pigs. What did they do? So many innocent children." She was a Christian woman, you know. She couldn't stand it.

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