Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Emerich Grinbaum - October 3, 2000 & January 8, 2001


Barrels, barrels.

Barrels or something like that, you know. Then we could urinate there. We were only men. The ladies, the women were separately. We didn't see them. But I remember vividly when we were separated and we, we went through. And then the SS shows right, left, right, left, you know. We were one side because we were able to work. I was--we were tall. My father was strong, he was forty something. And, and, and we saw the women going and we didn't have even time to, to kiss my mother and, and to say goodbye. Because you know, when we get out on the platform they separated immediately us.

So there was no goodbye?

No goodbye, none. And we could wave something from the distance, and then they, they took different directions. And uh, and I know, I remember that she took one of the child. That I remember. And that--they didn't ask questions. Is yours or not yours, okay. If she would uh, without the child she could have survived. At least at the beginning. I don't know how later. But, but, but uh, uh, ten--twenty percent of the, of people survived anyhow, those who went to work.

Do you think about that ever?

About what?

Not saying goodbye.

Many times. Many times. We didn't have, we didn't have any. Because there was no time. There was such a nightmare getting out from the cars and they already separated. "Quick, quick, lad...women." And they took 'em. We just could wave. That's all we could do.

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