Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

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

Allied Bombings

D...d...did they bomb the camp?


They never, never...

Yeah but, they bombed surrounding. Matter of fact, I want to--I forgot to tell you a very strange experience. The new uh, the Christmas Eve, December 24, that was the huge bombing by Americans or British, I don't know, of Munich. We saw. Munich was burning. We had such a pleasure to, to watch this. Didn't bomb the--Munich was, that was not very decent from, from another Christian to--during, but they bombed. I remember that was the biggest bombing which we saw. It was close, it was ten, fifteen kilometers. We could see it burning, so. So from February uh, from February, we had very little food. Not much work. Some people even didn't go out to work. My father survived somehow because he was-- didn't work. The--we were getting worse, worse, but a lot of people died. But we survived somehow. And matter of fact, until, until it was beginning--and, and then in March they started coming new and new people from other places, from Buchenwald from other places. You know, because the front came from both sides, from East Russians from the western and we were some, somehow on the middle. So the camp became bigger and bigger, I mean uh, concen...more, they put more people in the barracks. And middle of April, sometime, the 15th--20th of April, I don't know, the eintreten and they took several hundred, maybe more people to the train station. Now it starts whatever he says. So, I don't know. We had many thousand, instead of one thousand, they gathered a lot of people. Those who arrived they were half dead. Mostly dead who arrived from other camps. But we were still alive. So they put us on a train. And they took us somewhere.

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