Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Martin Koby - April 20, 1999


You mean, you--Munich, was it--what, what did you think of Munich when you were, you were at that age? I mean, you were now in a place that you hear German spoken all the time.

Yes. I went to a movie. I saw "Laura." I couldn't understand a thing what was happening.


Sure, American movie named "Laura," with Dana Andrews.

And who...

Oh, that...

Who was Laura?

I don't know. I don't remember.


Uh, I met some uh, German fellow. We're standing, you know...

Gene Tierney.


Gene Tierney was the woman who played Laura.

??? It was scary. And I don't know what's going on. I tried to figure it out, but it's so ???...

Did it scare to--or, or ???

No, I was not scared in Munich whatsoever.

Even hearing the language didn't bother you?

Even hearing the language. See, I didn't know the language. You couldn't say you know, kind of--maybe two, three words, you know.

Beautiful city, isn't it?

??? I don't remember, I don't know.

And did anybody tell you that Dachau was nearby?


You didn't know that.

But you could see the mountains where people skied. I stood one day at--waiting for the streetcar. And I got to talking to this--must have been my age, maybe a year or two older, young man. And he was studying how to make uh, surgical implements sur...surgical instruments you know, like the knives and the...


...scissors and stuff like that. I couldn't understand what the heck he was talking about. So we made a date to the next day he's going to bring samples to show me what he does.

He's, he's German.

A German, yeah. He didn't ask me who I am you know, nothing. We didn't discuss it. And he brought, you know, "Oh, so that's what you do." You know. I said, "You're going to make them?" Yeah, that's what he's going to make. He was already learning a trade.

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