The Commerce Journal


April 24, 2014

Survivor speaks about Holocaust



For some reason, Blum said the soldiers did not search where she was standing. 

After some time of waiting for them to come to her on the third floor, Blum realized she was the only person left in the hospital. 

“I looked more but I didn’t see them,” she said. 

Blum was about to leave the hospital when providence stepped in. 

While on her way out, Blum fell into a waist-high puddle, and felt something push her to hide there overnight.

“I prayed very hard,” she said, adding she had to muffle her screams when the soldiers were cleaning the hospital out by throwing chlorine to wipe away blood stains, which seeped into her open wounds. 

The next day, the Nazis began to admit new people in the hospital, as if nothing ever happened. 

Blum said she tried to fit in with the new admittees, but was noticed by a nurse.

“She said ‘don’t tell me you are the one from last night,’” she said, adding the nurse took her a block away from the hospital to give her advice. “She said ‘do not tell anybody you had been here before.’” 

The nurse washed her and gave her two new dresses. 

“This woman became my mentor,” she said. “I listened to her. I obeyed her.”

Blum stayed at the hospital for six months recuperating and working for the nurse.

Blum said the nurse told her one thing before she sent her back to the camp.

“I had to promise her one thing: ‘don’t ever come back again,’” she said. “I never did return back to that hospital.”

Blum attempted to find the nurse after the war, but was unable to locate her. 

When she returned, Blum was given a new job at the kitchen.

It was while working in the kitchen that Blum received a tattoo.

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