Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Pauline Kleinberg - October 28, 1982


What was, what was the size of your family? Tell me about uh, the, the whole family.

The whole family. My mother did not have too large of a family for a European family. I mean, her immediate family, because her mother died young. So she had a brother--she had two brothers, but the brothers had children, some married, some single. And she had uncles, and she had a grandmother who she was writing letters and ne...and, and making crochet...crocheting and needlepoint, doing the wash. She must have been--she said, "You know, my grandmother probably is doing this without glasses, see?" But she didn't have a mother. So she was not, uh, small family. But my father must have had about six brothers and six sisters and nieces and nephews and uncles and grandma--well, the grandmother died shortly before the war broke out, I remember that too. Very large families, and some of them were erased from the face of the earth like they had never ever, ever existed. And it's not just his brothers, his brothers' children--some the married ones, non-married ones, and ones that were going to school and the one that were just starting school, and on and on and on. And some of them uh, left like no trace. Uh, and some of them I didn't know how and where. I don't even know from my immediate family all of how they died. Oh, and some of them I brang out after war, after the war. I been with one sister from the beginning, and when I say from the beginning, I mean--that's what I said about this woman that she was shot and, and, and all this, this happened every here day, everyday. In the morning--we, we had curfews, we sat in line for food and we had also raids here and there.

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