Boundaries erased

By 16th November 2017Psychology, Survival

EXCERPT FROM THE LONG NIGHT

Journey to freedom

“Gradually people rearranged themselves into groups sorted by the town or country from which they had originated. The group from our home town consisted of Stützky, Passermann, Goldstein, Rontschkele and myself. Rontschkele and I had only recently arrived in the camp. The five of us began to discuss what we should do next and to whom we might turn for help, spurred on by the fact that some groups had already left the station. Some of the SS men and women who had guarded the Women’s Camp began to mingle with these groups. In the confusion of these radical changes the boundaries between the former torturers and their victims was erased. We exchanged clothes with the SS; we sat together and ate with them at the edge of the forest.”

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