Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Pauline Kleinberg - October 28, 1982

Memories III

We have stories of people that were Partisans...

Yeah, yeah.

...other people that were in hiding the whole time.

Yeah, like those people from the bunker. She said her sister died right there. When she, when she walked out, she said she couldn't walk straight--she was a young girl. She--for months she couldn't walk straight because that's how small the place was. And how did they get food? It's not that the Polacks were so good to keep it, but once they were in it, they knew if they release 'em whatever, uh, they can suffer as much as uh, they will. So they were committed already. They had to complete their commitment.

Husband: Did you ever talk to the Bermans?

No, they're, they're...

David Berman?

Husband: No, the brothers.

No, but they're, they're...

Husband: ???

Yeah but they were also in the bunkers, they survived by the Polacks. Auschwitz. You see as lot of people here, "Oh you come from concentration camp, you haven't got a--you're not tattooed. It's probably a joke or maybe you haven't been there." You see, we had--when I was with ??? yesterday, told me, she said, "You know, I don't even remember the na...the number." I said, "I do remember the number." And the reason I do remember the number in this first camp. You see when, in Neustadt this was a forced labor camp, we were given numbers just locally. So my number was hundred "1"s. A hundred eleven. My sister's was a hundred ten. We were always one number apart. And there among those animals, I still had one that I had to change the invoices every time I was done, every body had. So I had this one in the officer--an older man--I never forget his name--he was a Jew, you know, and he was a German. Uh, ???

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