Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

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

Auschwitz--First Three Months I

So, you, you got to Auschwitz and then what did you do for the first three months there?

They assign us to a, to a work part...a group, you know. A group, you know.

A Kommando.

You have to get up every morning, you know.

An Arbeitskommando.

You have to go every morning up. You go to work and come back.

And what was, what was your work?

I tell you, me, I really didn't work. You see, you know, you know what work was? You take stones. Take it from here, put it there. Just to keep you busy. Killing, killing yourself. They're nothing. They had no work, not much. Some got lucky. They got civilian work, you know, where they used to go in settle... settle...settlements, you know. The civilians, used to go in trucks. Sometimes, they give you something, the driver. He brought you back, if he was a nice guy, he brought you back something to eat, a kielbasa or something, whatever...They was afraid to.

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