Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Joseph Klaiman - May 4, 1982

Physical and Mental Health

Let, let me ask you a little bit about today. Do you um, do you have any physical pain? Do you have any physical suffering that you feel today as a result of...

Physical pain I cannot say. I can say one thing, once in awhile I still dream.

Do you have nightmares?

Nightmares, a lot of nightmares about the Nazis.

Do you want to describe it, or is it...

Mm, you can see in my, my face that I--always in the night my wife has I'm laying wet. I sometimes, I can see the Nazis coming in, in the house and take away my brother when I--that's what I saw. And I still cannot forget this. And, and, and I still scare. A lot of times I'm still in my life scared to be a Jew, to--on the street if somebody ask me, if I don't have to tell 'em that I am a Jew, I'm not, I'm not--still I'm proud that I'm a Jew, but still in mind what I went through, that I'm still a little bit scared that something can happen to us on small like that.

Does it ever when you--do you ever feel sometimes, you know, you're going through your daily life and you're working and suddenly you have a flashback...

Yeah, I got a lot of times what I still, you know, when I'm, when I'm working I can feel sometimes that I'm missing my parents, you know. I always--by myself--when I'm by myself and I'm sitting and--that I still sometimes sit down and cry and, and it's very--if I see a picture and it has to do with something with uh, family, and I cry like a little, like a little baby that I still missing all--what I went through. But now I got a wife and children and, and I have to make my best in it to survive. Life has to go on like everybody say.

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