Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Lola Greenspan - April 25, 1983

Not Knowing What Was Going to Happen

What did the people--what did you think was going to happen then? Did you have an idea?

No. When I sit this time I went so dummy, I went dummy. I went I have nothing, I been so dumb. I said, "I don't have nothing to eat, oh I don't care," I said, "I don't care." It's not a fun girls, men, we talk everybody. Now later on at the time when the German maked transportations the people and the transport bigger this tooked like hundred, two hundred this, three hundred and four hundred and five hundred and I went and I--one of my sisters go with me, but she not going with me. Later she went in the same--I guess so.

Yeah, yeah.

And I said to my girlfriends I said, "We have to going." She said, "Don't worry we going just to the work. He tooked us to the work. We gonna work, we haved money, we gonna haved money." I said, "Oh, it's okay, it's okay." I were so dumb--I don't know, I don't, I don't understand nothing this time.


And then, the police tooked me into the Dulags--in the camps--in the Dulags and later we going away three months like the, like the uh, horses in the closed trains. Closed. You don't see nothing--dark. People lay down one on the other like this. In three months, cold, freezing, just they put us just one potato--a baked potato and a sliced bread and water--cold water. We don't have nothing to ea...I don't know how I can live I don't got what to eat.

Yeah, yeah.

I don't know. And then, uh, and then I got--yeah my sister she's--she, she wanna go with me--I talked to you before--she wanna go with me and they want--don't let going together--the family separated, not together. Doesn't happen.

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