Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Sally Tuchklaper - March 2, 1983


What are your feelings about discussing these experiences with someone such as myself or with another survivor?

With another survivor we don't talk about this no more. I don't think we talk about it. Very, very little. Some people like you, that you come in for the first time and you want to find out something--we try to forget, but we'll never forget it. It's gonna to be always in our mind why this happened. Why the United States waited six years for six million Jews to die to come in to help us. They knew here what was going on.

What are your plans and hopes for the future?

To be healthy. To have a little naches for my kids, for my grandchildren. I have one grandchild. A second on the way. So, that's all I wanted. I don't want nothing else.

Is there anything that you'd like to add before we end? Something that perhaps you wanted to say but just never did?

I think--I really--I don't think there's anything more to say, but it's just a miracle that I survived. And I didn't put no effort too much to it. I was going day by day and trying to be able just to push through the day with as much as we had. And that's it.

Thank you very much.

You're welcome. [interruption in interview]

For the purposes of this recorded interview I'd like to include um, the fact that Mrs. Tuchklaper has in her possession an album that is approximately five by four. It's entitled "Concentration Camp Dachau," and it has several black and white pictures with descriptions in four languages on the back of each one. Mrs. Tuchklaper, how did you come to possess this album?

I think uh, I can't recall exactly, but I think in Germany when my husband worked for ??? I was in contact with a lot of soldiers--Americans. And I think that--it's not clear to me, you know, that we were together one time and they were showing me this here album and I asked them--I think it was soldiers--if, if I can have this. Because this was done, I think, from a soldier who just arrived from an American army to Germany to Auschwitz and he took those pictures. And I asked him if I can have it. And I think that that time that he said yes. And I was always so proud of it to have. To be able to have something to show what really happened. Which people say that the Holocaust was a hoax and this is that proof of it. Original proof that it's not. And I don't think I show it to many people because I'm holding it to such--day that will come that will show that, that really happened. And it is a documentary proof. Everything you want to know about it, this is in that book.

Again, thank you very much.

You're welcome.

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