Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

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

Black Market II

How did, what, what did you bring back from Warsaw? How did you carry it?

I bring...I had a whole rucksack, you know. I had cheese, all kinds of things, you know.

And if you had been caught?

Cloth, you couldn't get nothing in Mlawa.

How did you get it into Warsaw?

In Warsaw you could get it for money, you could buy everything.

In the Jewish section or in the Aryan section?

No, in the Jewish section. Aryans didn't have nothing. Aryan section didn't have nothing, nothing. You have money, you have gold, silver, dollars, you could get everything in Warsaw, you know.

And how did you get the money? You got money from selling things you brought back from Warsaw?

Yeah, how I got money. I got German marks which uh, from selling diamonds, gold, you know, gold pieces, you know, Russian gold pieces, rubles, Russian gold rubles. I used to be real sharp. I used to remember exactly how much weight, you know, American dollar, gold dollar, you know, how much at the weight, you know...A million.

And where did you get the Russian gold?

You know people used to keep it, the families in the war.

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