Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Michael Opas - [n.d.]

Health Problems from Camp Life

Do you suffer from any physical illness as a result of your experience in the Holocaust?

Well, naturally. Well, sure I suffer.

What kind of illness?

Well, ar...arthritis first of all.


Then I was operated on. I had double hernia operation. Result from the, from the hard labor in the concentration camp. And uh, I had bad leg--bad feet rather--not in the legs, but bad feet. All kind of troubles.

Mm-hm. Does the past ever interfere with your life today? Um, do you remember images while you're involved in daily tasks?

Oh sure. I have a lot of bad dreams.


Still, yeah. Once in awhile I, I wake up in the middle of the night and I cannot fall back--fall asleep again. Bad dreams. I still remember those, those things what I lived through.


It's bad. It's hard to forget. Very hard. Especially my--all my rel...my immediate family--my relatives.

© Board of Regents University of Michigan-Dearborn