Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

John Mandel - May 26, 1981

Conditions in Other Camps

Did you have a relationship with other prisoners?

Uh, I don't understand that question. What do you mean by that?

Other than your uncle did you have like um, other men, did you talk, did you have a friendship?

Oh yes, oh sure, sure. We had, we had a, a camaraderie if, if you want to call it that. We uh, uh, we uh, we--as a matter of fact we um, we uh, even carved a chess set out of wood and we would play chess sometimes when, at the beginning when we still had our strength. But later on, of course, we couldn't do that anymore. But the beginning--we, we would try, we would try to keep things as normal as possible to what extent you could, but uh, there wasn't really too much opportunity for that.

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