Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Joseph Gringlas - January 14 & 22, March 18, 1993

The Krankenbau


I had to carry that and he watched me, I, how I'm doing it. And I was so sick I got, af...after that I had temperature, I told you before, they took me out to work in that heavy, carrying on the heavy locks. So he took me--it was, I was so sick I had the next, next day he had to, they had to take me to KB, which mean Krankenbau. In Buna, being Kr...to be going, put in like a little hospital, it's a little hospital in the Krankenbau was means, it means that you can't work. You gonna be killed. I don't know what happened, in, in, I wa...in the Krankenbau there was steps going up where to sl...lay down and I was, I had temperature too at that time. And I went up, I--it's time to get up in a second on the top of the row to lay down, I fell down completely. Uh, from the temperature, from the heat, well, the temperature I had-- was so sick, I must eh, I, I just passed out. I fell down and I was on the ground laying, I was out. I wa...it was just, yeah, I didn't know, they, I didn't know if I was existing, if I'm living because I passed out and I was laying. Anyway there was a Hungarian Jewish doctors in that KB, Krankenbau, they revived me. But after I revived, I was bandaged--I was hit--I fell down I hit myself. So I stay in the Krankenbau a few days. And they let me out. And then after that--I don't know, something, by luck, I was assigned not back to that guy, to that murderer, that Kapo, his name was Otto Kapo ??? Kommando Zwölf. I was assigned to a Schlosserkommando which is just like a easy thing to do, after I was getting out. And that was like, that was the last few months in Bl...in being in, in, being in...

In Buna.

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