Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Herman Marczak - May 12, 1982

Thoughts on Experience

When you look back on it now, do you feel that it's a real experience or do you somehow believe that...

It is a just a--it's a thing which never happened ??? I hope it will never happen again to nobody. There is a lot of bad things going on. There were--there's a lot of bad things going on in this world. We had Vietnam. We, we had a lot of, of serious social problems. We have a lot of people losing their life, it's a different kind of reasons, but that there's no comparison. There's no comparison. You can't comprehend it. You can't sit down and write, and write a book or read a book and, you know, and understand it.

Well you must have been for five years or maybe even six years--you must have been living under constant fear.

Constant fear. You knew that every minute they can, they can do anything to you, whatever they wanted to, we knew it.

But that could make a person crazy.

But that's what I told you. They adjusted our mind--was adjusted that that is the way it got to be. You see? That was the most amazing thing about it, see. Just this--let's say 1945 we knew that's going to happen. We heard--like I told you, the paper--this, this city--we knew if they not coming today they will come tomorrow. We knew that going to happen.

In 1945.

In 194...no, in 19....1942 when, that was the first year...


...for the Jewish--for the Polish Jews, 1942.

For your area.


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