Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Simon Kalmas - May 25, 1982

Finding Old Friends in Camp


Bunks. So here on one side, you know, there was an aisle in the middle here and one side an aisle on the other side. And he was in the same barrack and I didn't even know who he is until they called out his name. When he left there he was maybe eight or nine years old. Here we get--we got together in camp. All right. So, uh, I had another friend that left for France--family left for France when we were kids. Found him in Auschwitz. So it's uh, the only thing I can say--I believe uh, this Thursday, Thursday is Shevouth--on Shevouth if you'll notice that they read Akdamut, I believe they call it. That uh, this has nothing to do with the Torah--that's something else, you know, that's beside that. And those passage--the Glory, you know, that uh, uh, when the Jews received the Torah, you know, from the um, Harsinai and they sang, you know, uh, and danced and, uh. So on one passage says, "If the whole--if all the skies would have been parchment and all the oceans would be ink, wouldn't be enough room to describe the glory of God," okay. This is the same thing. I don't care how many books people have written and how many they're going to write, it's not enough. Nobody is able of describing what went on, because there's not enough paper, not enough ink to take in every detail what happened in six years. The Holocaust--Dr. Weiss. It's true. Every detail. But it's only a fraction, a fraction of one percent--not even that. Take one Dr. Weiss, multiply it by six million. The same damn story. Everybody went through more, less, you know, a little different, you know, here and there. But basically they're all the same. This is true. That's the ghetto, that's how it was, that's how people lived.

© Board of Regents University of Michigan-Dearborn