Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

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

Auschwitz--Liquidation II

Do you remember when the camp was liquidated?

Yeah. 1945, January, they started, you know. I was almost the last. See, I had a, I had a, I told you, an appendix operation. I had in the hospital, this when they operate. They operate, I still, I wouldn't... I didn't want to go. I want to hide myself, you know. I ask this, this Czechoslovakian SS you know. He say, "You better go. They gonna blow up the camp." They mined the camp, he told me. But this is what they had in mind. But they didn't get a chance, you know, because this, this Lager commander, Höss, Höss. His name was Höss, I think.


Did you ever hear the name?

Rudolph Höss?

See, see I still remember. And he...Last minute, he get on order everybody moves, everybody out. The soldiers to get out, you know. The, the, the Russians was, I think, twelve kilometers from Auschwitz. And they didn't blow up nothing, only the crematoriums.

They blew up the cremetoria. Do you remember that? Do you remember when they blew up the cremetoria?

No, I wasn't there, but I hear after. They told me they, they blow up the cremetoria. He had blown up the...

Um, your appendix, your...

Yeah, I had an appendix in January 1945.

Was this Dr. Wohlman, who helped you out?

No, the name was, it, it was a Polish doctor, a surgeon. Agrapczinski. He was a loyal anti-Semite. But with me he was good you see.

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