Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Mrs. Roemerfeld - 1982?

Religious Practices in Camps

Did you ever witness any births of children, were any women pregnant in the camp?

Oh no, no, no.

Were there ever any--did you ever see any, were there any religious practices in any of the...



no. You only see that in the movies. There were no tallis, there were no uh, books. We weren't allowed to have any, no any of those things.

Did you know when Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashana came?

No dates, no dates or time of day. It was just a matter of when they woke us up, when they hollered Appell, and we went out there. And uh, I could tell approximately, it was still dark outside, so naturally four, five o'clock whatever, until the Germans were ready to come out and count us. And afterwards we turned around and marched to the gate and we walked out from there.

You received nothing to eat in the morning, just everything at night.

At night.



...or...Coffee and bread and soup?

Yes. And that soup we had everyday, it was a must. We had to drink it because of the, you know, period.

What was in the soup?

It was leaves.

It was clear.

Clear. It was a leaf in it. And we had to eat it. Uh, it was nothing unusual. We would eat uh, garbage, we were so hungry.

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