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An Auschwitz Guard Provides Assistance

Dublin Core

Title

An Auschwitz Guard Provides Assistance

Subject

Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
Auschwitz (Concentration camp)

Description

Oral history video clip featuring Eva Schloss, Holocaust survivor. This video was originally produced by Media Entertainment, Inc., for the 2000 documentary The Genocide Factor.

Creator

Media Entertainment, Inc.

Source

Genocide Factor Collection, Oral History Program, Tampa Library,
University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida.

Publisher

Tampa, Fla. : University of South Florida Tampa Library.

Date

2000-05-11

Contributor

Schloss, Eva

Relation

G36-00022
Tape number: 4002H

Format

video / mpg4

Language

English

Type

Oral History

Coverage

Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
Auschwitz (Concentration camp)

Oral History Item Type Metadata

Interviewee

Schloss, Eva

Transcription

And so again in a day or two they were still kept in the death block, and more and more people came to it, so they were by then perhaps 500 people. And one night they all heard the lorries outside, and the doors were open, and--they was all still naked. Can you imagine 500 naked women without food for many days in such a block, where they knew they were going to be killed any day? So they called them to come outside and there stood the lorries, and the SS stood in rows and those condemned people walked past them, and they stood there with lists of the numbers and everybody was loaded onto the truck. And my mother thought, well, she has nothing to lose and she wasn't sure it would work, but anyway she said to one of the SS guards then--she said, "Herr SS Oberführer"--that was the title--"I don't belong here. They've got me out of a different barrack." And he said, "Is that really so?" She said yes. And he said, "What's your number?" And she told him the number--she told him her number, and he checked it on his list and she was really not on this list any more. So he said to this kapo of this block, "How come? What have you done, how did you get this woman?" and she said, "Well, I was one short." He said, "All right, then you go instead." And he pushed her into the lorry, and my mother was set free and she went back to an ordinary barrack. And then Minni heard this the next day, and then she took her under her wings in the hospital barrack. But again, as I said to you, at that time the Germans had been already very nervous, and the crematoriums were dynamited away after that. So there was no more selection; this selection of those people was really the last one. And Minni kept her hidden, and that's where she was when a person came to me and said she has met my mother in this hospital barrack.

Original Format

Beta tape

Duration

3:12

Citation

Media Entertainment, Inc., “An Auschwitz Guard Provides Assistance,” USF Library Special & Digital Collections Exhibits, accessed November 17, 2019, http://exhibits.lib.usf.edu/items/show/466.

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