Today, you can read the latest news about 92-year-old Holocaust Survivor Renee Firestone at http://elvaq.com/features/2016/11/11/holocaust-survivor-shares-her-story-of-auschwitz/
I wrote about Renee Firestone in this previous blog post:
The following quote is from the news article, cited above:
[Renee Firestone] was two weeks past her 20th birthday when she was hurled into the confined train to Auschwitz in April 1944. Along with her, her father, a textile businessman, her mother, a housewife and her younger sister had been taken from their home in Czechoslovakia. Her brother had already been separated from her family and placed in [several] Hungarian labor camps.
Forced over the Polish border then escorted by Germans on train, it was uncertain as to what their future held.
“This old woman who was sitting at the edge of the cattle car ripped open her coat lining, reached in and removed a gold locket and started to cry, bitterly,” Firestone said in interview with Si Frumkin.
“I thought maybe that was her wedding picture in the locket, her family or grandchildren whom she left behind. . . I thought to myself, how cruel that they wouldn’t let her keep this little memoir and then she closed the locket and through the cracks of the cattle car handed it to the Nazis.”
The trip lasted three days without food or water with only a bucket for hundreds to share for bodily waste.
Nazis banged on the walls during the night, yelling at us to give up any valuables we possessed or we would be shot, Firestone recalls. This was followed by screaming and gunshots outside the train.
After arriving at camp, she was immediately separated from her parents but managed to keep her sister by her side.
The Nazis, described as young, handsome and smiling, led the women into an underground dressing rooms where they were forced to undress and stand naked from mid-afternoon to midnight.