Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Nathan Nothman - November 30, 1982

Talking to Other Survivors

Is it easier to talk with other survivors about what happened?

Yes, I mean, we discuss it. He told me where he was and I told him where I was and he told me his story and I tell him my story, and I said, "I was there, I don't..." You know, I mean, we can, we can talk. But the memory, that, that, that things what we're going through, it's very hard. It's hard to describe to a person who wasn't, who wasn't there--who didn't see that. It will haunt me--things that I believe I would do too. Take the babies and put on the sidewalk and shoot and kill it. Carry the babies. Go to the hospital, see people just completely butchered, like slaughtered to the hospital--to something.

What are your plans and hopes for your children and for their futures?

Hope they should be a good human being. They should help each other--help people be nice. Just be a human being. They should just be good to each other. Just to be help--help other people who need help. Naturally I'd like to see them to do something with their lives, you know, to be educated--go to college. That's my daughter. She went to college--oldest daughter. I got three grandchildren. That's my son. He's married. There's my daughter. She just finished a master. She has already married someone. She work in uh, government--she's like a social worker. So I, I just tell 'em--I said, "The most important is education and my children." Through education they can, they can do anything what they want. And I work hard for them, given that I didn't have it--I was deprived from that. So I want to give my children and I thank God for that.

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