Arriving at Auschwitz

"if you were old or ill looking you went the other side"
Edith Birkin

 

Transcript

Image of Empty camp

"When we arrived in Auschwitz we all had to get out, and then you had the Doctor there who selected us, who looked at people, and when he saw that you might be useful for work you went one side, and if you were old or ill looking you went the other side, the women were somewhere else and the men were somewhere else, the children were with the women. All different groups of people. And luckily I went with the young and so-called healthy women. I made myself big and tall and strong, soon realised you know it was probably wise to do. So I went with these girls, they weren't really women they were young girls. I think anybody over twenty had it, you know, because they didn't need that many for work. So, from what I remember, nobody was over thirty; I never met anybody over thirty after that."

Biography

Edith Birkin
Born 1927, Prague, Czechoslovakia.
Lodz ghetto 1941. Auschwitz camp 1944. Sent to work camp and munitions factory. 1945 death march to Flossenburg camp, then to Belsen. Arrived in England 1946. Married, three adopted children.