Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Helen Lang - February 23, 1982

Finding Brother-In-Law and Brother

So we go there. We had only one ticket, couldn't go in--you couldn't buy another ticket, it was all sold out. I go in. She says, "You know what? You go in." I was always the ???, you know. I says, "Okay." I go in there and I see my brother-in-law in a uniform--Czech uniform, you know. He's sitting there, you know, so excited. I go close to him and I clap on his back. And he turns around, "Oh no, you know, where, where is Sharika?" I said, "She's outside." So right away he came there. Now what can I you that reunion? I don't have to tell you what we went through. I said, "Where is ???," you know, to my brother--"and Martin. Where is Martin, where is ???, my younger." So he says, "Your brother's in Budapest. Martin is in, in Karlsbad." He said, "??? didn't come back." He says, "Come on, let's go, we're going home." He had a beautiful apartment there. He says, "I knew where you are, but I just--I knew you're alive but..." We came back maybe six weeks later after they knew that we are alive. So you can imagine that here they couldn't do anything to get to us. Anyway it was a big reunion. Then, you know, we--they called--he called--yeah, this guy who I met at that rest...you know, on the street--he went to Budapest. And in Budapest he met my brother. You know, it's, it's, you know, such a miracle things and it's such a big city. Exactly he met my brother. And he said, "I met your sister in Prague, they're in Prague." So he picked himself up right away and he came. I mean from Budapest to Prague. And the other brother somebody else told him, you know, the, the news goes far. He came in to--you know, when my brother--it's so hard. When my brother came from Budapest, he picked me up like this and he start to kiss me from the top to the bottom. I'm sorry.

It's all right.

He said, "I am so happy to see you. At least you're alive." ??? You know, to go through these emotions--to see each other yet we didn't know that we are alive or not. And when my other brother came, he was just holding my hand and he said, "I'm pinching myself. Is it true that you are alive?" and he said, "Thank God." I don't know why I, I get so emotional. I think, after all these things, you know, that what I was telling you before, it gets to me.

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