Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Helen Lang - February 23, 1982

Leaving for Denmark with SS Doctors


What would have been the difference, make it that we know where we are. Maybe for the history would be good. So they give us black coffee to drink and we were sitting there and lying with them, I mean, you know, in their stable. They were so ex...they were fighting. These people were fighting I don't know for how long and they were so exhausted already that they just didn't care, I think. So we were--and that was a sanitary outfit. You know what a sanitary--they were like doctors and--they weren't fighting, they were just like, you know, in a, in a hospital to help out sick people. All of a sudden they were going to Denmark and they ask us if we want to go with them.

To Denmark?

Denmark. I said, "Of course, why not. Why shouldn't we go to Denmark?" What do I know what's Denmark, you know. But get out of here from the front, you know, it's here they're fighting. Who knows what's going to happen yet. "Let's go, we're going." We went on the ship, you know. All it's im...it's something un...unbelievable, isn't it? And there were other civilian people going on there too. It's not only that Germans, you know the, like uh, the soldiers were going. They were going, we were going too. That was already later. It must have been much later than in January. I don't know what happened between then and there. But I know already that must have been in April that we went--maybe I'm going to ask my sister what happened. I, I can't recall.

I'll ask her.


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