Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Simon Kalmas - May 25, 1982

Finding Strength to Live II


All right. A little guy like me that weighed only a hundred ten pounds--a hundred fifteen pounds. This is something else. And hunger. Would you believe that you can feed yourself on dandelions? Whenever I killed a dandelions out there I'll never forget this. I'll never forget that. After the war I said to my friend, "You know something, let's go out there where we used to march by and see if the dandelions taste as good as they used to taste a month or two months ago." My God, no. They didn't. But at that time, the dandelions were just as sweet as a, a chocolate eclair, if you could only find it. My wish was all these years--and I lived through that--I said if I have to die, I want to die one hour after the war to know the outcome and be able to sit down and have a loaf of bread, bread in front of me and say, "I'm not hungry. I have that, thank God."

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