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Doris Greenberg describes conditions in Ravensbrück

The Germans invaded Poland in 1939 and established a ghetto in Warsaw in 1940. After her parents were deported, Doris hid with her sister and other relatives. Her sister, seized in a raid, was killed. Doris learned her parents had been killed and witnessed the shooting of an uncle, whose death prompted her grandmother to commit suicide. Doris was smuggled out of the ghetto and lived as a non-Jewish maid and cook, but was ultimately deported to Ravensbrueck concentration camp in Germany.


Ravensbrueck was a very huge camp, and there were inmates from many, many nations. During the short stay, I could notice truckfulls of bodies, of skinny...just bones and skin...bodies, dead bodies. They had...they had a place where they hung people. I did not witness any, any hanging, but they they had a place and I could see the trucks going back and forth with bodies here and bodies there. We did not do much over there. We were then transported to another camp.


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