Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Lanka Ilkow - October 12, 1991

Knowledge of Father

Did you hear your mother talk about what happened to your father?

Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. We heard--we knew already that my father is gone.

You knew that?

Yeah, we knew. And we was just all the time the Zählappell and they was taking the people and they never come back. So we knew what you know, that's what happens. They take us and kill us. So how many time they took us uh, for a, to tho...to take a bath and a shower, so we already expected something. But after all we got out of there and we got dressed again. And sometimes they give us fresh clothes, but the clothes was full of lice. So uh, we, we didn't know. But when they took us already in the transport, already the last O...October you know, when they took us in '44. So uh, and we separated from mother. We knew where mother is already, she went to the gas Ka...chambers there. And uh, and all the time we was working and we had it a little better in you know, when we was working, we had uh, hot food in the evening.

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