Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Salvatore and Lili Katan - August 18, 1981

Memories of Auschwitz

SK: They died.

LK: And the smell was absolutely--in fact, I remembered my cousin's grandmother and, you know, you get down from the boxcar those womans supposed to be ??? screaming thousands of woman and I looked at my sister ??? and I cannot see her, I cannot recognize her, you know?

SK: She was ???

LK: And screaming and those woman--I could be at my home, I could be ??? smile and I could dance, okay? But that is something--I was very fortunate ??? my husband, very fortunate ??? because I don't think too many husbands would put up with that, you know?

SK: ??? and that's all.

LK: ??? see how I am, you know, ??? the children but ??? liberation with my sister because I was also ??? I went to those electric wires when we arrived there--the second day I was ??? that much for sixteen days.

SK: They punch and they do everything there...

LK: I was almost dead but I still went to the wires...

SK: ???

LK: Because I, I just couldn't believe, you know, I knew that my parents and all my family ???...

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