Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

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

Elderly Prisoners


Because I don't know, maybe I'm talking too...

No, no, no.

And then after--he, after awhile, a couple of weeks they invented, they invented a new way some ol...elderly people, they put in a separate, separate block, barrack, elderly people. We didn't know what going to happen them. At that time--and we didn't have selection. In other camps, many other camps there selection. Periodically, when people came and they sent to the crematory. Not in our camp. I don't know. I don't think that in Dachau. Mostly in, in Auschwitz around some other places. We didn't have selection like other Lager, because he was in very poor, poor condition. But we tried to bring out some additional food. So they put some elderly people, several hundred elderly and weak people to the barrack. We didn't know what's going to happen with them. They give them very little food, but didn't send out to, they did not go out to work. They had some uh, work to clean the, the camp and some, some, something inside you know, which was much easier than go outside. And that's what he did. So we were relatively in good, relative at that time in good shape. The second luck which was probably the you know, probably t...to survive we had to have a series of lucks, you know. The next luck was the best whatever can, could happen in the camp. The camp uh, uh, Führer, the Lagerführer was uh, Meyer, his name was Meyer. They took him probably uh, to the front because occasionally you know, these guys were taken to the front. And another Lagerführer came, his name was Busch. Can you imagine, Busch.

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