Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Salvatore and Lili Katan - August 18, 1981

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When you came to Detroit did you talk about your experiences in the camps with anybody?

SK: Yeah, I spoke a little bit to the ???

I mean, when you first came?

SK: No, not when we first came, no...

Did you talk to anybody?

SK: Uh, no. I mean, the, the Jewish people, some Jewish people sympathize with us, you know--talk, you know, ???

Anybody who didn't, you didn't talk to about it?

SK: No, no.

Um, well, you still have pains in your legs?

SK: Once in a while, yeah, I get a little pain from the operation.

Anything else?

SK: You know, dreams and sometimes I, I talk when I'm sleeping and my wife sometimes she's hysteria, you know, and she wakes me up.

Do you think that ???

SK: No, ???, um...

How, how, how do you feel about talking about it?

SK: I feel very much sad when I talk about it but sometimes I feel better ??? because everything in life ???

Are, are you--do, do you feel more at ease talking about it with friends or family or with strangers?

SK: With everyone I have some conversation like that ??? otherwise you don't, you don't remember. I...

Did you tell your children?

SK: Huh?

Did you tell your children?

SK: Oh, yeah. As a matter of fact, as a matter of fact I tell them before...

LK: Then they start to read about ???...

SK: ...??? television...

LK: ...then we start to tell.

SK: ...then we start to tell.

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