Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Ilya Martha Kessler - November 1, 1982


Okay so, so we went to the Lager where they took us, we didn't know where they taking us. So, they took us to the Sudeten, so. And I was so tired, so disgusted. They came out this uh, not like uh, I would have uh, some sickness. And I said--I had my father, two cousins there--and I said, "I don't want to work for Hitler. I don't care anymore, thank you, I don't want to work anymore." So, they said they going to kill you if you're not going... I don't want. So, they, they put me--the ladies there. They feel sorry for me--one lady put me uh, to uh, take the papers clean. The other lady took me to ??? then uh, have to uh, ???

Yes, pull up shades.

...pull the shade and they ???

[interruption in interview]

So, I did all this, this and this work, and this work. And I was sick, sick. And then I realized ??? you know. I, I don't know, luck or not. They took uh, they didn't take to Auschwitz. So, we worked there and then came uh, they gave a little food and we survived there.

What was the name of the place that you were working at? Was it a factory or?

A factory. It was a... They making dresses there.

I see.

They making army material.


Yeah, material.

Do you remember the name of it?

Uh, the place was Freuden... I don't know, I don't know the factory name. I don't remember uh, the names. We...

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