The Road to Auschwitz
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Well, first we were sent to the Dutch camp, which was Westerbork, which was run really by Jewish people with German supervision. And it was just -- some people stayed there for several years, but a lot of people were sent on straight away to different death camps. And we were there just a few days.
There was a transport of Gypsies, because the Germans killed as well all the Gypsies. So they had about 500 Gypsies, which they wanted to send on a transport. So they sent a long train, and the rest of the trains was filled with Jewish people. And there were, of course, the well-known cattle trucks. A hundred people went into a truck without any facilities. And the journey took days, because we went east and the German troops and all kinds of transport went west, and we had to wait sometimes on the sideline.
They came, sometimes opened the door, and collected all jewelry or valuables or money which people had, and threatened that if we wouldn't give everything up we would be killed. Then, after several days traveling in terrible conditions, the doors were opened and we were ordered to get out. And we saw the sign on the station platform: Auschwitz. But till then, we didn't really know where we were going. Nobody had told us.