Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Fred Kendal - May 25, 1983

Hearing About the Concentration Camps

Um, did you ever hear anything about being...

[interruption in interview]

...the death camps. I--we knew that they were killing the Jews. We didn't know about the--at least I didn't, maybe others did but I, I didn't know about the concentration camps and the type of extermination that was going on in, in those camps not until after the war was over. Uh, and we met the people that were on those--in that camps. That's when we heard about them and uh, but not while we were in hiding and not when we were--of course, we knew that they were killing the Jews you know but we didn't know that it was, you know.

Did the Einsatzgruppen ever go through that area? The, the Einsatzgruppen? The different...

The uh, explain that. I don't know.

The uh, squads that the Germans sent through to exterminate ???

I, I, I don't know exactly what they--they would refer them. I know the Gestapo was there and uh, that we were sure. And I think when the--I know that there was a special or I, I don't know. I heard that when they were--they killed all the people in Berezne that they send in a special uh, German squad with--to organize the, the ??? the Germans do it but that's...

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