Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Sonia Nothman - January 4, 1983


So then, the Ru...when the Russian came to Skarżysko, before they evacuate us to Chenstochow. This was much further, much further. And all the ammunitions, everything. So they took us. And my brother they took someplace else. I don't know. And I worked before. The--when they were supposed to evacuate us, a big German, I remember ??? SS man, if he see somebody he didn't like, if he could shot him, he'd tell somebody to...And my brother was cleaning the mill inside, because we were supposed to take apart everything. And the mill was going and he put his hand here. He got real scared and in doing ???. And they took him a doctor--what kind of doctor. We had a little doctor and he put him some--I don't know how he's alive really. This is something unusual. And they took him and they took us separate. They took us to Chenstochow, and we were there a few days. And our--the German--our master send for us and a few girls. He sent for us. And we stayed there uh, I think three-quarters of a year maybe in Chenstochow. And we worked the same, by the mills. And there was a, I didn't know nothing about my sisters. I didn't know nothing about my brother. I just was with my sister. When I came to Chenstochow, I heard people from Kielce--this is not far. This is thirty-three kilometers from us. And I asked them if they know somebody from my hometown. And they told me that I have two sisters. And the whole camp from there they sent to, to work. So I went and he was a Jewish guy, ??? a very nice guy, was a Lagerführer, very nice. And I asked him if I--my sisters are there. And he said, "Yeah." ??? my older sister ??? The whole camp there, found out. And the following day he said the first transport what he bring. They used to bring every day people from there. So they brought my two sisters. We were ??? back together, four sisters again. And the joy, the happiness, I, I cannot describe. And they used to bring transports from all over because they run away from the Russian. And they brought in a transport. I used to go every day my sister and look in the barracks to the men, maybe I find my brother, maybe I find my brother. One day I see my brother.

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