Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Paul Molnar - July 24, 2002

Sexual Abuse

Now you asked me about uh, sex. Now there were some of these privileged prisoners who'd been there for a long time, these were political prisoners. And these were not Jews now. So they, while they were in a very bad place and so on, they lived much better life than we did. First of all they wore their own clothes. Secondly uh, if you're a Dutch, the Dutch Red Cross sent you packages if-or your family could even send you packages if you're Belgian, you're a French, you're a German. So you got food because they send you chocolates and food and whatever you know, to supplement your food. And uh, as I said, you were dressed much, they sent you clothes so you won't be cold in the winter, which we didn't have. So one day I had a Frenchman who uh, was very nice to me and he asked me to come to his barrack and he was like a-he wasn't a Blockälteste, but he was like the assistant. So he had his own little uh, cubbyhole you know, his own little, he had his own bed, and he had a little, a little, little closet where he could put things. But it was his own. And he asked me over and I went and he gave me chocolates and I mean it was very nice. But he did, it took me just a little bit, while to realize what he was really lo, he was looking for a young boy to have sex with. Well, I, I bolted right out and I never went back to see him, and. And uh, whenever somebody asked me to come and visit him I never went again.

That must have happened frequently.

Oh it happened quite frequently and you know, especially beautiful young boys and young men, it was not an uncommon thing. Now they also had uh, a brothel. They had in, in Buchenwald, which was for prisoners. It was for prisoners who were healthy. Not for Jews who were much weaker, got-I'm talking about these prisoners of these different nationalities who were healthy enough they, they had a sex drive. So they had uh, women from concentration camps they put in there as prostitutes.

Two marks.

Beg your pardon?

Two marks.

I don't know what.

I think that's what it was.

But as I said, that was not, that was not for me. I mean, I was a kid and uh, plus I was too weak. I mean-and it wasn't for any of us. Might have been some of the German Jews who'd been there a long time and they were.... You know, there again, they had civilian clothes, you know, these.

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