Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Nathan Roth - February 4, 1983

Thinking of Family

During all this, did you ever think about your family? Wonder what was happening to them.

Oh yes, oh yes, yes, yes many times. Yes. At night, lying on the bunk. That's the only time I used to think what's, what's happening? Where are they, where is everybody? But, I uh, I remember trying to--coming to any conclusions or anything like that. But I thought about my mother. Thought my brothers, my sisters 'cause my father has been gone by that time for quite awhile. Especially this brother, I thought about. He was so sick. He was so sick already going in. Yeah. In--I also thought about, how long am I going to be here? Somebody just tell me how long I can brace myself through it okay. I can work to an end. That's what bothered, the uncertainty. The uncertainty, what this is going to end to.

How long were you there?

Over all?

Well when did you leave?

I would say a year, fourteen months--thirteen, fourteen months from...But that would include some of the ghetto stuff. In Auschwitz, in Birkenau itself, I was about, it wasn't quite a year. It wasn't quite a year.

That includes Jaworzno?


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