The End of the Line Auschiwtz

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The End of the Line: Auschwitz Olga Lengyel (ca. 1945) When I learned that our barrack chief, a Polish woman named Irka, had been in the camp for four years, I felt reassured. However, when I hinted at these thoughts to Irka, she made short work of my illusions. "You think they are going to let you live?" she jeered. "You are burying your head in the sand. All of you will be killed, except a few rare cases, who will have, perhaps, a few months. Have you a family?" I told her the circumstances under which I had taken my parents and my children with me, and how we had been separated from one another when we arrived at camp. She shrugged her shoulders with an air of indifference, and told me coldly: "Well, I can assure you that neither your mother, your father, nor your children are in this world any more. They were liquidated and burned the same day you arrived." I listened, petrified. "No, no, that's impossible," I mumbled. This timid protest made the block chief beside herself with impatience.
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