Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Regina Cohen - April 18, 1982

Job in Camp

I don't know what--whether that meant anything. Whether it meant when they come to sort out for, for the crematorium, selections--they would do selections every so often without warning. Whether you had to have a few young ones uh, anemic looking things so they would have something to select from, so the stronger ones or the bigger ones would get left alone. Or that the, the older, the older, need our protection in any way--I have no idea what it was supposed to have meant. Uh, we would be taking to hauling stones uh, working at rails. Going through those forests where the smell was the most atrocious, to do things or to carry on sick people, women that just had children, babies in the, in the camp itself. They would be tossed into a blanket with the newborn baby and taken out. So they would round up so many women and they took for jobs. There, there wasn't anybody specific people...

Were they dead? Were these women dead?

No, but they might as well have been dead. Some of them were, some of them were not.

Taken and left in the woods?

No, they were taken, they were taken to the crematorium.


Supposedly, it's a clinic.


You're taken to a barrack, it's a clinic.

I understand.


What barrack number was that?

I have no idea. It's just a barrack, you go there, that's where you put 'em down, then you, then you--nobody tells you nothing. You do from here today. And then you better do from here today.

You don't ever remember seeing a barrack number there.


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