The Commerce Journal


April 24, 2014

Survivor speaks about Holocaust



“I was very happy when I got tattooed,” she said. “I became a name, not a number.”

Blum said that tattoo gave her a certain amount of protection.

“They would work me to death but they won’t kill me,” she said.

One day, Blum was told they were adding a new powder that was supposed to be more nourishing to the prisoners. 

Blum was gleeful to be helping to feed her fellow prisoners.

Blum said at first she wondered why the Nazis were laughing at her by being happy for the new powder. 

To her horror, Blum soon learned the powder was a drug used to weaken the minds of the prisoners.

“There was nothing we could do; we had to put it in,” she said. 

Life was dim after that point. 

Blum said the camp was receiving fewer and fewer transfers, until one day in September of 1944, she was to be sent to another camp.

Soon after arriving at a munitions factory, Blum was liberated by the United States Army.

After being liberated, Blum later lived in Munich, Germany, until she moved to the United States in 1950. 

Blum married, had children and started her new life in America.

Before leaving, Blum gave a piece of advice to the crowd.

“When you go home, give your mother and father a big hug,” she said. “Love and honor them. God bless you all.”

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