I was there.
When Livia and her family arrived at Auschwitz-Birkenau the men and women were ordered to line up. In the selection that took place Livia and her sister Hédi got separated from their parents.
The sisters were brought to barracks where their hair was shaved off. From there they were pushed into cold showers and then further on into the camp.
Some time after their arrival Livia and Hédi were selected for work and transported to Hamburg where they performed slave labour and built provisional houses for the people living there as the city was bombed every night and day.
Livia Fränkel (1927), Romania/Hungary
Arrival at Auschwitz-Birkenau
Livia talks about the arrival at Auschwitz-Birkenau.
1) Listen to Livia as she talks about her time in Auschwitz-Birkenau. Answer the question.
1a. What makes the biggest impression on you in Livia's description of the arrival at the camp?
Transfer to a Slave Labour Camp
Livia talks about the transfer to slave labour camp.
2) Listen to Livia as she talks about the transfer to a slave labour camp. Answer the question.
2a. What picture do you get of life in the camp?