Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

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

Death March (continued)

This is the fall, right? Fall?

No, no, August.

It's still August.

August. That the beginning, that's--everything begin in August. August 4th, 5th, 6th, 7--I don't know.


And all of a sudden many thousand people--four or five thousand people. Somebody told that they found some water. So what happened. Somebody--what we had. We had a, a, a, a spoon with us and some kind of a plate or something. So somebody started with a spoon digging, some people. They felt that probably some, maybe the, the, the land was some kind of wet or something, one place. And other people came started helping them digging there. So they got--they dug out a place there a lot of water, cool nice clean water in--on the surface. So everybody--there was, you can imagine what happened, but uh, during couple of hours everybody got plenty of water to drink and we drink I don't know how much. And the interesting thing is that later I found a book which was issued in Budapest by one of my very good acquaintant eh, eh, eh, eh, dentist from Munkacs. He lived in Budapest after the war and he described everything what happened.

He was there.

He was there, no, with us. And he described even this event. I have this book in Hungarian. So. So we had at least for a day or two, got some. So then we arrived to another city, I don't remember and they p...they put us in the, in a ca...in the uh, cars to take us to Germany--that still was in Poland--to Dachau, later on we found out.

So you were on a train.

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