Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

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

Auschwitz--Liquidation III

So, tell me about what happened.

I tell you, I was, I was in the block, in my block and I started to feel pains, see, in my, my belly, you know. And I don't know what it is. So I had vodka. So I open a bottle of vodka, spirits, I think, and I took a big glass. I drink it. I was thinking, maybe it'd get better, you know. I bet you I opened my appendix, bust it, with the spirits, you know, with the alcohol. So I send my brother, went to get a Doctor Wohlman, a friend of mine. And he took an assessment of me. He say, "You got an appendix. You got to go in the hospital." So he sends somebody to take me to the hospital. So, they bring me by nine o'clock and by twelve o'clock they operate. I hear them say, "We have to save the Mondry." They must have stayed there. They must've...Some survived and some not. Some hide themselves in the camp sani...you know. They stay up, you know, on the, on the hooks, on the steps. They open the, you know the sewer, where the sewer is, the thing and they stay on the thing. They know they will take long. A few, a few survive.

In the camp? They stayed in there.

Right there. But some couldn't take the, the stink. And they walked out and see they're still there. There was lots of commotion. There was lots of noise. You see, the Americans was bombing the air. It was in January, I'd say this was, in the 15th, 18th, 19th, 20th on January, I would say this was. You see, they got some kind of deal. America was going to motivate on Auschwitz, on the camp, not the camp. They...At night they put, they put like, little rockets, light rockets, you know. You shine it up, they shouldn't bomb there. And the Russians was coming to Czechoslovakia, you know. See, they had nowhere to run, the Germans really.

So, were you in the hospital then?


So, why didn't you stay there?

I want, but they told me they gonna blow it up, you know. Everybody try to hop on something to save himself.

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