Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Edward Linson - November 10, 1981

Religion in Camp

Can I ask you?

Yes, ask me whatever you want.

Um, was there any religious activity in the barrack? Did any...

In the barrack. For instance, before Yom Kippur we come back--let's say a few--what a--they are religious and they remember ???. So they start uh, doing some--the SS come in and they start beating up. You crazy, you got us all--they would say "???."

Did they fast on Yom Kippur?

We fast all the time.

I mean even, even without the soup, without...

Yeah, yes. So okay we come breaking from--we knew--some of 'em knew it's Yom Kippur. Not everybody knew. We didn't know what, what the date it--what--if it's day or it's night to tell you the truth. They dehumanized us.

So there was no real religious activity you would say. You weren't a part of it then.

Listen, I know I, I got a, a voice, I--and I, I know how to daven. So, no. To tell you the truth, no, no.

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