Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Sonia Nothman - January 4, 1983

Conditions in Skarżysko IV

They were good and they were bad too. There was one uh, very bad one. They send him away later. I came with two, the men have soup and the, and the women, by us, we have soup. So I told them to give us the soup. So they give us the soup. So I took here a can of--not a can, a big one like this. And I put a coat over. Then nobody sees. I hold here and I go like this. So this policeman was standing there and he saw me with this. He slapped me once--twice. He slapped me so, really so hard, but I begged him and I cried. I went backwards. But then when he went away, so...But most of the Jewish people they let you through, because they know...

The people who were in charge of your barracks, were they like Blockälteste and Kapos?

No, by us wasn't, uh. They arranged from each barrack one should uh, watch.

In charge...

Oh, ??? of course. By us was a small, small not too big. Oh it was a Blockälteste . It was...The woman, Renna, I told you, she was...

Did they keep the sexes separate, the men from the women? Were they in different barracks?

Yeah. There was one barrack, somebody rich, I mean, could afford it. Our barrack was divided. There was--she was a Jewish. She was the, taking care, a very intelligent woman with her husband, staying there in the barrack. It was divided. And she and her husband... And there were certain barracks that married, you could live there. Or if you have money, you're rich, you have a boyfriend, you could. Very few, very few. Who could, who could think of a thing like that?

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