Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Michael Opas - [n.d.]

Daily Routine at Camp

What time did you get up in the morning when you were in the camp?

Oh in the camp, about four o'clock in the morning.

And then you went for the black coffee.


Chicory. And then you went to work?

Went to work about five.

No matter what the weather.

Oh, no matter what weather. The weather, weather didn't mean a thing.

Snow, rain, ice?

Snow, rain, ice. Any weather we had to go. One day we missed--it was a fog--a very thick fog. It was shortly before winter when we were closing--before we were shipped out to Auschwitz. It was so thick tha...no, no this was in Auschwitz, I remem...I,I,I, mixed it up already. In Auschwitz we didn't, we didn't go to work one day because that fog and they were afraid that people will escape. So they kept us in the barracks.

When did you finally leave this camp for Auschwitz?



I left that for Auschwitz for--I left for, for Ostrowiec, because this was like a, a forced labor camp over there.


There I were four months. Over there, it wasn't so bad as in the concentration camp.

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