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Eva's Father Pays a Visit

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Title

Eva's Father Pays a Visit

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: 4003A

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

The last time I saw my father was--again, it was sort of a miracle. When I was working in a barrack, we were plaiting. We had to sit on trestle tables and we had to plait 200 meters of plait every day, and that was going to be cut in strips of ninety centimeters, and they told us it was to throw hand grenades. And it was a very, very difficult job, because we had no scissors, and they just sew heaps of rag on the middle of the table, and we had to tear this material into thin strips. Sometimes it was a rubbery material, a very tough material which we couldn't really tear, so sometimes we had to use our teeth for it, and then plait it into very strong plaits of about an inch wide. And they came to check it every day in the evening if you had made 200 meters, and they pulled it because it was from beets, so it could pull apart: and if this happened you were selected to be gassed as well. So we were all were very tense and we were doing this work, and one day a kapo came in and said to me, "You're wanted outside." So, I was very scared. I thought, "Who would know I'm here, and who would want me?" So I was sure it was an SS who was going to kill me; perhaps I had done something which displeased him. So I went outside, dead scared, and there stood my father with an SS man. And it was, of course, a wonderful moment for me: first of all, to realize that he was still alive, and secondly to see him. And we embraced, of course, and I asked him how Heinz was, my brother, and he said he's okay. And then he asked me how my mother was. And this is something I still feel terrible about, because at that time I thought she was dead, and I told him what had happened and I told him she was selected and dead. And this is something, I think, which broke his spirit. So I still don't really know how he managed to come to the women's camp, because it didn't happen to anybody. And how he could have found me with those tens of thousands of women, I never asked him. But he went to the kitchen block, and he told a woman that his daughter is in the camp and that I will come sometimes in the evening and she should give me some extra food, which she did, and he came and told me this. So, you know, he was a miracle worker. I don't know how he managed to have done that. But he did say--he came still, I think, twice to see me, and that was it and I never saw him anymore. And when we were liberated--this Birkenau camp, the women's camp, was some distance from the men's camp. I didn't know at that time how far it was, but in ninety-five [1995] I went back to Auschwitz and saw how the situation was. At the time, I thought it was many hours, walking apart; but when I went back to visit I realized it was very near, actually, about ten, fifteen minutes.

Original Format

Beta tape

Duration

4:26

Citation

Media Entertainment, Inc., “Eva's Father Pays a Visit,” USF Library Special & Digital Collections Exhibits, accessed August 24, 2019, http://exhibits.lib.usf.edu/items/show/467.

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