Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Lucy Glaser Merritt - July 8, 1991

Interned in England

Where was the camp?

It was in the uh, central part of England and there was barbed wire and armed guards and a bunch of middle-aged men sitting behind it. My father was telling me that they even offered kosher food, so they were being nice enough. It wasn't a concentration camp. It was heavily guarded, but it was not a concentration camp.

And there were other German speaking men there.

A lot of refugees, a lot of 'em. They also did catch some apparently people who had posed the passports as being Jewish and were not. So maybe they had some reason for the activity. And then my father could come to the boat. And they were...all of us came together again. And then we came over here and the Bismarck was at sea. Bismarck was a big boat. And the only thing that we could think of doing was turn off the engine. That's what they did. So they wouldn't hear us. But I don't think they even cared about us.

So you went past the Bismarck, 'cause it was blocking the.

Mm-hm, Mm-hm. In the Cunard line. And actually most of the passengers were sailors who came over here to pick up ships. They had good reason to worry about those lines. But they didn't, they did not bother us. We were no match for the Bismarck.

Um, do you-was Exeter bombed? Do you remember?


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