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24 January, 2012
Summer Reading
Dear Patty Bergen, I’m going to let you in on a secret. In order to survive you have to watch out for yourself. This is the reason why I have no one left. I was split apart from my mother and siblings when we arrived at the first concentration camp. I was scared to be split apart from my father so we both had to lie about our age. But of course he got older and weaker, and eventually he died.
I’m not sure how long we stayed at each camp, but the selection process was nerve wrecking. The method of selection was simple, but it started with you getting a number tattooed on your arm. You had to run as fast as you could and if the SS officers took down your number you were killed. It was mainly survival of the fittest out there. Either you do what you can to stay alive or die. Oh, and then there was the evacuation course of action. It had to be one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to go through. The whole camp vacates and starts running. Shortly after everybody is out they blow up the camp. You had to run at full speed the entire time, and it was roughly 42 miles. If you fall I guarantee that you’d be trampled and killed. What happens when you stop to rest? An officer will shoot you. Nobody cares if you die, you’re just a number. With you dead there would be one less mouth to feed.
Strangely, I felt relieved after my father died. I wouldn’t have to look after him anymore. Have you ever been embarrassed of feeling a certain way when you know you shouldn’t? Well, I did. I’m not proud of it, but I did what I had to do. This whole experience has turned me into a man, it’s taught me how to fen for myself. If he would’ve fought to stay alive just four months longer he would’ve seen the end of the war. It was sad to know that he could’ve been with me right now, but he’s dead now. There’s nothing I can do about it anymore.

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