Majdanek

    In, in ’44, when they reached- when the war was nearly finished, she [Regina Beckman, Rose’s mother] said that she realised that something big was happening, because they were- all the Germans were in the courtyard burning documents. But it all happened so very quickly; they didn’t have time to burn the documents. And then, all the inmates were put on trains, to be taken to Auschwitz. They were emptying the camp in this way. She then pretended that she was far ill-er than what she was. That she couldn’t possibly stand on her feet and she... To be allowed to go...in the…what do you call it, obviously it wasn’t the… in the car that the German was driving with the eight remaining children, or the seven remaining children. She then went with this German. And this is really what saved our lives, because instead of going by train directly to Auschwitz, he went by road. And, as they were crossing, outside Krakow, the woods in Krakow, the Russian tanks came through. So when the German saw the red flag, he knew his time was up. So he took out his gun and just shot himself, next to my mother. And the tank drove into this… what would you call it? Not a lorry, it’s small, you know like the Army…thing. Anyway, they- thinking that it was probably full of German soldiers, but it wasn’t. It was the few children and one wounded woman by that time, because she got wounded by all the – the glass, the splashing that happened. They didn’t know what to do with us, so they took us out of there. Put us on the side of the road. [half-laughs at the absurdity] The tank drove off. But I think what they did, is they must have gone to probably into Krakow, and told the Red Cross. Because they came and then… took us in. …To what I learned later on, was a… an assembly place in Krakow itself, where they put everybody that they could find there… and where later on, people would search for their families.

     
     

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