Horrifying Holocaust Moments. "They came for the communists, and I did not speak up because I wasn't a communist; They came for the socialists, and I did not speak up because I was not a socialist; They came for the union leaders, and I did not speak up because I wasn't a union leader;
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"They came for the communists, and I did not speak up because I wasn't a communist;
They came for the socialists, and I did not speak up because I was not a socialist;
They came for the union leaders, and I didnot speak up because I wasn't a union leader;
They came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew.
Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak up for me."
Martin Niemoller, 1892-1984
A line measuring between 5’-5’2” was drawn on the wall. If children did not reach the line, they were sent to the gas chamber.
Between some of the buildings in the camps, there was a trough into which prisoners urinated. As some prisoners were almost-dead, the living prisoners had to place them in the trough, where they were then urinated on.
If prisoners could not get up from the barracks to report for role, they were taken away, undoubtedly to be killed.
During the day sometimes, German guards on trucks ran back and forth telling prisoners to jump on. One time I was taken to do a little work carrying steel beams. It was winter time, very cold. Fifteen or twenty guys were lifting each side of the beam because it was a wide beam. Eventually they told us to place it somewhere. But when we tried we couldn't tear away our hands from the steel because they were frozen to the beam. The skin came off and started bleeding. They didn't permit us to put any kind of cloth over our hands. We had to carry it bare. The next day we put this same beam back in the original spot.