Surviving Selection

"First, it was sheer luck."

"You know, how you survive is the most frequently asked questions by my audiences when I speak to schools or-. Okay? I wrestled with that, you know, with that question myself. Was it the divine intervention? Was it-? I came to the conclusion that there were two factors: first, it was sheer luck ‘cause you never knew when they lined you up, and they picked the one part of the group as they did when we came to the first camp in Germany. They divided our transport at one point. Part of the transport went to Mauthausen camp from which less than five percent survived. The other part, while I was in, we went to a camp in Czechoslovakia [Leitmeritz] and eventually to Dachau where the survival rate was higher than that, okay?"