Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Ilya Martha Kessler - November 1, 1982

Transport to Auschwitz II

Um, you were on the train for three days, you said?

Three or four, I don't know, five something. I don't know. Uh, maybe five was, maybe more than three days.

There was no food?

No food. Just, you know, people took something to eat, they did it for the uh, family. And uh, you know, water, they put water and uh, nothing, nothing, nothing.

Was there a pail for...

Go to the bathroom, yeah. Everybody was there, you know.

Yeah. Did anyone know where you were being taken at that point? Did...

No, that's what they thought, they going to take us to work. Just how I said when we went closer, closer then they realized they going to take us there. ??? people, people didn't want to believe it because they couldn't believe it. They taking young kids, young, like my mother, thirty--four year old and, and they going to put in the crematorium right there. They didn't want to believe it.

Did anyone die on the, the train?

I think old people. Kids, I'm sure they died. And there's no food, no doctor, nothing. I'm sure they died. They ??? they start to cry in there and ??? the other people and the German. One day in the ghetto we were sleeping, it was night, and we heard, you go out and they going to kill you, one, two, three and they killed everybody, you know. This lady was already in Poland, they run back to, to Hungary. And she... We really again what happened. And you know, they said, please, please don't say nothing, and she couldn't stand it. ??? and I know everybody was... It was terrible, was people get crazy there ???

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