The Auschwitz Hospital Block
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We went once to this hospital block, because I had a terrible boil on my neck and we thought that we can get some cream. It was -- you could do that, but if you went into the hospital block to stay there, you never came out. So if you had a high temperature -- which I had once, and all the bunkmates wanted me to go into the hospital because it might be contagious, and I refused because I knew once I was going to be in there, I wouldn't come out alive. But we went anyway for some -- possibly some medicine.
And when we got there, my mother came across a person who was -- looked very familiar, and it turned out to be a cousin of my mother from Prague, from Prague, Czechoslovakia. And she was a nurse with Dr. Mengele. Her husband was a doctor, a skin specialist, who worked in the men's camp and knew Mengele personally. And when they arrived from Theresienstadt, which was a camp in Czechoslovakia, this husband of this cousin, Minni, must have talked to Mengele. And he worked with Mengele on the SS, because the Germans had skin diseases as well and he treated the Germans. And so he must have told Mengele that his wife was in the camp, and she worked with him as a nurse: a terrible job, but at least she was safe, and she tried to help inmates. And she was a very, very attractive woman and a very highly intelligent woman, and Mengele obviously liked her and they had some kind of rapport.
And one evening, when we went to our weekly shower, when -- there were two doors: one you went in and the other door you came out. When we came out naked, there stood Mengele and other SS, and we had to parade in front of him, turn around. And he said -- he looked people over and he picked out the people who were still to live and the people were to die. This is something which happened very, very frequently. And at that particular point my mother, who was a very tall lady, and who giving me very often her bread ration, she had become very, very thin. And, you know, with shaved head she obviously didn't look very nice and weak. And he selected her out to be gassed.