Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Brenda Reiss - June 23, 1983

Life in Breslau

I'm going to go back to Breslau--when you were in Breslau. Uh, do you remember the name of the factory that was there?

No, you don't supposed to ask because then you ask you make a ???. You don't supposed nothing, nothing. That is why I never knew nothing. I just supposed to work and I don't supposed to know nothing.

How long were you there in Breslau?

I think when she was--I found out she was pregnant about, about four months.

About four months she was there.

Because she was pregnant and I--they took her away. I went with her, yes, and I went to near Gross Rosen. I was in so many camp near Gross Rosen. I was working then I don't supposed to sit. My feet were very swollen. And the German come to me, "For you there's nothing." And then I'm supposed to make a hole in something, I don't know. Always, I was sleeping. I broke and he said to me, "Then if you're not going to watch it, I take, take you to Gross Rosen." I say, "Okay, when you take me to Gross Rosen I know why I'm not going to live no more." I, I, I suffered. I, I don't know, I don't know. I tell you the truth, I don't know from one thing to the next. I don't know nothing.

Yeah. When you were in Breslau, can you tell me what the, the living conditions were like? What the--were you in barracks?

Sure, I was in barracks.

Yeah. Can you tell me about the food and about the ???...


Was there a lot of sickness there? Were a lot of people sick?

A lot of people sick, yes. I was so sick. My feet were so swollen--open up. Some day ??? I said, "Oh, today I am going away." Today ??? with my own to shirt because I know they're going to take me. I didn't care either about, you know. They going to take me anyway, sooner or later. They always ??? sleep now. Now I got every thing ???. That's good, it's alive. And I cry and cry. A nervous wreck.

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