Oral History

Fela Warschau describes reading lists of names to find surviving family members

Fela was liberated at Bergen-Belsen by the British army in 1945. She went to a displaced persons (DP) camp administered by the Americans in Feldafing, near Munich. She married in the DP camp in 1946, and eventually immigrated to the United States.


First of all, we had the clothes which we were wore there, which was full of disease and lice. We had to go through showers, then some powder. I, I couldn't tell you what it was, but I know, disinfected with a powder. They gave us different clothes also. And then we were transported to the other brick buildings. We were assigned so many people to a room, and there were bunk beds there. We shared the room with other people. We were weak enough to get along with everybody, we were all happy just to be alive and be liberated. But you see, um, reading the lists from other camps--from the survivors that lived through this--we did not find anybody which...at this point, what kept me going was all this, and I was fine, but when I didn't find anybody, this is the time we almost...I caved in. I only lived with that hope that I will meet my family. I had such a wonderful home life, such loving parents, and I had two brothers, and besides that...I don't count the rest of the family like uncles and aunts and cousins. I think it was almost close to 60 people our rela...we had such a big relation, and none of us survived to the end. There was my sister and I and two cousins that survived all this.


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