Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Martin Koby - April 20, 1999

End of the War

The following is a continuation of an interview with Martin Koby at his home in Southfield, Michigan on the morning of May 28, 1999. The interview is still Sidney Bolkosky.

Uh, last time you talked to me about um, after the war you went back home. And you said uh, I don't know if you remember, you said you just walked away from the house, just left.


And, um...

Well, we stayed o...overnight. We stayed overnight in the house.

In the house--and this woman let you stay in the--not let you stay in the house.

Well, yeah, because she had no choice. I mean, the, the--besides, it was full of soldiers anyway.

All right. Now, this is before the war is over, right?

Oh, yeah. This is 1944.

October, you said?

No, no, no, no. February.


February, February 2nd.




Last uh, last week when it was Shevuoth, we--I, I go to the synagogue in the mornings. I think I'm maintaining Judaism that way.


There's a Mr. Weiss in our congregation. Shevuoth was started on Friday, right?


Erev Shevouth--no.

What's his first name? Is it...


It's not Michael, is it?

Yeah, Michael, yeah.

Yeah. So you go to the Jewish Center.

Yeah, to the Jewish Center. Erev Shevouth, he told me that in '44, he was rounded-up with the whole family, Jewish--they were shipped to Auschwitz. He was on the train to Auschwitz. Whereas me, we were already free! We were running around the town.

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