Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Simon Kalmas - May 25, 1982

Saving Selves in Camp

And I said to those two youngsters, "We're not going from here." So what we have set up--every two hours somebody's going to keep post so that the others can sleep. You see, if, if any activities goes on, just notify us so we can move out from that area--go somewheres else. We saved ourselves. 'Til one day we got caught in a jam. They blocked off this area and we are in it. So I said to the two boys, "Come with me." We went into the Scheiße room--the shithouse, you know. Shithouses was a ditch with a post on top and it was running, you know, from one camp to the other. "Come with me." And we went down there through that and up to the other camp. We saved us--saved ourselves this way. And that was dragged on to about April, April 10. It was already taking out only ten thousand I believe left or twelve thousand people left.

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