Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Lanka Ilkow - October 12, 1991

Conditions in Auschwitz

What kinds of things do you remember in that six months? What did you do on a daily basis, you had, there was Zählappell everyday?

Zählappell we was chopping stones you know, in, in C Lager, in that--we was chopping uh, they took us in a place, we was chopping stones. And was flying the stones all over us. You know, girls to chop stone, okay. I was not a city girl, I was you know, from a little town, so I worked hard. But some of those girls was crying. They chopped the hands off and everything and--it has to be fine stones. So--and flying to our eyes all the time. If we didn't get blind this was--maybe there was a Rebono shel dam there, I don't know where he was, but he sure wasn't there when we needed him. So uh, anyway, is uh, that's what we was doing there, chopping stones. Not everyday, but. So we were sitting just in the camp and telling stories. And the woman was cooking all the time, you know. Some reasons--I mean, not really cooking you know, giving recipes. She, at home she did...

I see.

that and that.

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