Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Louis Kaye - May 9, 1983

Long-Term Effects 1

Do you suffer uh, from any physical illness uh, as the result of your experiences in the camps?

Yeah, only I got problems with my legs. Still in Germany they hit me. And I got trouble with my neck. Every time it ache. Both, both legs like that. And I got problems with my neck. Like a heavy skin. Years ago I was going to the doctor, he thought maybe was cancer, maybe something's not, from hitting. I got tissue like three inches. But beside that, no. I probably should get ??? I think she gets more than hers everything occupation. As I said, I'm lucky. I'm lucky my wife understand me. She suffered plenty because it's, it's been like. I lived in Europe in concentration camp. She brought up over here. If an American person lived through, she got the heart to go through it with me, believe me. She helped me a lot, a lot with the monument, helped me, talked me into the monument. She talked me with everything. And she helped me a lot. Maybe another woman would not stay with me. Figure why I got to suffer ??? or something like that. I give her credit where credit due. Without her I would never have the monument. I might, might have it, I would be by myself already for the last fifteen years. Because through, through me, we have a little problem with the kids because she always told the kids, don't do this, don't do this. It was a good thing but no good. She didn't know how to handle me and she didn't know... So, that, that a little backfire certain things. So, I guess we got to live with it. For not my wife, I won't have the monument but she, she encouraged me to get the monument. She encouraged me to get the plaques, encouraged me everything. And not living through what I lived through. I'm glad she don't live through. I really appreciate it. Some things I can show her, some things I don't show her. I appreciate. So far I'll put it this way, I have a memorial woman for years and years ??? fight the kids or ??? But now they realize, even though I would never tell 'em, they realize now I was right about the memorial room in my room and my office, my pictures and everything. Forty years later, look here. Up to now nobody see the Holocaust. Nobody talked about the Holocaust. Nobody but ??? paper, nobody read a book about the Holocaust. Now forty years later you see Jewish community center, Washington D.C., each city they doing something about the Holocaust. Because it's history going. A hundred years from now, two hundred... Might happen again. It's like this, like I say, people were busy themselves up to now, they make a living. Now the people like my age, they were fourteen years, age fifty-five and sixty and they're ready for retirement. They forget that they're doing this.

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