Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Abraham Mondry - June 15, 22, 29 & July 13, 1992

Struggling to Survive

Did you want to die then too?

Yeah, I want.

What do you think kept you alive?

Not marching. In beginning I ??? I went to find somebody. My relatives...

This is the beginning, when you went to Auschwitz, you mean.


When you first got to Auschwitz, that's what kept you going?

When I first got to Auschwitz, this was in 1942.

And you thought you would find somebody alive.

No, I didn't, I didn't think in Auschwitz I find anybody.

But after.

After the war. After I was liberated, later.

But when you were on the boxcar from Auschwitz to Mauthausen, what kept you going?

I don't know. Inner strength. There's a crazy strength of an animal because he wants to live, you know. You have to fight, you fight, you fight to live. To survive, strong like animal.

But some people died in that car.

Sure. If we survive, I want to see the end to the likes of Hitler. I wanted to see him hanging, hanging on the, on the...

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