Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Sam Seltzer - November 29, 1982


Who was in charge there?

Uh, not one person. There was, the Germans were in charge, yeah. Hotel Elizabeth, they made a hospital in there and I was in there for two years. Paralyzed. I could not sleep at night. I had spasms in my feet. They build me a special booth with lamps so I could sleep when they put the lamps on. A hundred and fifty watt each. It was warm. So I could sleep only when it was warm, otherwise I had the spasms. I used to scrape the walls at night for spasms, for pain. They didn't have any pills. And I chewed my teeth up, for pain. So uh, they used to give me, use uh,

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Yeah, they used to give me ??? and Betaxin--I remember that, the name--in still milk shot, big milk shots. And three massages a day. Electro massaging, that's with current, where your--they were waking up the nerves. The doctors, there was two German doctors, they took care of me, which I became a friend of one of them. He was a seven-footer, Dr. Meyer. He was good to me.


Uh, no. And one other doctor which was a surgeon, Dr. Tepka. They were giving me electro-massages and then I had two women, one was Jewish woman which worked in the hospital there. She was giving me rubdown massages. And there was uh, another woman, a German woman, was giving me uh, a, a neurolic uh, massages. Like uh, she was following the, the...

Nerve patterns.

...nerve, yeah. And she was--and, and I had three massages a day. Electro-massages and two other massages. Dry with powder massages and a neurologist massage. So I was there for about two years, close to two years, in the hospital. And uh, finally in 19...that was 1945 when I was--no, 1947. My brother came from Russia and end up in the same hospital where I was. He came in for ulcers. He had bad ulcers. So we found each other in the hospital.

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