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Boy 30529: A Memoir by Felix Weinberg

By Felix Weinberg

Anyone who survived the exterminations camps should have an untypical tale to inform. the common camp tale of the hundreds of thousands led to demise ... We, the few who survived the struggle and the bulk who perished within the camps, didn't use and don't have understood phrases resembling 'holocaust' or 'death march.' those have been coined later, by means of outsiders."

In 1939 twelve-year-old Felix Weinberg fell into the fingers of the Nazis. Imprisoned for many of his teenage existence, Felix survived 5 focus camps, together with Terezin, Auschwitz, and Birkenau, slightly surviving the loss of life March from Blechhammer in 1945. After wasting his mom and brother within the camps, he used to be liberated at Buchenwald and finally reunited at seventeen along with his father in Britain, the place they equipped a brand new lifestyles jointly. Boy 30529 is a rare memoir of the Holocaust, in addition to a relocating meditation at the nature of memory.

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A band of Ukrainians surrounds us, whips in their hands and rifles on their shoulders. The Kommandant of Treblinka comes in – a tall, stout murderer of about fifty. He orders us to work fast. After five cuts the hair must be all cut off. We have to make sure that no hair falls on the ground, and the suitcases must be fully packed. He ends his order this way: – If not, you will be whipped, you accursed dogs! We stand as if paralyzed. A few minutes pass and we hear pitiful screams. Naked women appear.

Then there are suitcases for small valuables like watches, others for razors, cigarette lighters and various other things. Everything has to be sorted separately. My neighbour urges me to select a good, sharp pair of scissors for my work. I find a pair of barber shears and tell my friend Leybl 26 to do the same, since he knows about as much about barbering as I do. 00 and we hear a bugle call. Everyone heads in the direction of the place where we are to be given a midday meal. My friend and I try to stay close to our neighbour, since we don’t yet know how things are done here.

My friend next to me shouts: – Remember, you will be lost, because a murderer is standing there and can see you working slowly! I force open the fingers of my dirty hand, cut off the woman’s hair and throw it into the suitcase like every one of us is doing. The woman stands up. I see that she is dazed from the blows she has received. She asks me where to go and I indicate the second entryway, on the left. Before I have time to turn around, a second woman is already sitting down. She takes my hand and wants to kiss me: – I beg you, tell me, what do they do with us?

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