Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Henry Dorfman - August 11 & 25, 1989

Talking About Experiences

Did anybody--when you got to, to Kansas or New York, did anybody ask you um, about any of your experiences during the war?


Did you, did you try to tell anybody?

I tried to tell. In New York I was there a few hours, so it was not...

So you didn't stay, okay.

It was nothing. But in Topeka, I don't think it any--I don't think it ever interested me. I'll tell you the truth. I think when I was in Topeka, they couldn't bear just that we looked the way we looked. So they didn't want to hear, they, they figured that it's not true. Who the heck, I mean, how can people come, they went to a concentration camp, they look, they, they look healthy, they're beautiful dressed. We used to come to shul, we come nicely dressed. It was no looking different than they looked, believe me, they were worst dressed than we are. I mean, so they didn't talk to me, they didn't ask any questions and I could care less.

Uh, along these lines, had you talked to Mala about the war years...

Oh yeah.

...the two of you had talked about what you went through?

Oh sure. Some we all--I told you, we, we always, when we get together with friends that's, that's all the talking is, how this and how it went through and how we were, yes, yes.

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