There are three other incidents that remain with me, which I have not been able to forget because they involve children.1 It was after the big selection on January 21. One of those who was to be gassed lost his nerve and was raving and screaming. And so I was sent from the clinic into the block to see what could be done. There was also a little boy in there, who had been with us in the camp, from the town of Będzin. I asked him: 'Well, Jurek, how are you?' and he said, 'I'm not scared. It's all so horrible here, it can only be better up there.' There were two convoys which came from Theresienstadt to Auschwitz, in three-month intervals. They had been condemned, as I only learned later, to exactly six months in the camp. So in exactly six months time everyone in the first convoy would be sent into the gas chambers. Those in the second convoy, which arrived three months later than the first, were still in the camp and I witnessed a block elder, speaking with a nine-year-old boy from the Czech camp, from the Theresienstadt camp, with good rapport. He said to the boy: "Oh, Karli, you know so much!" And the boy replied: 'I know that I know a lot. And I also know that I will not learn any more than I already know, and that's the sad part.'
One time, it was already summer—and we rarely had any children, they usually only came to us by chance—a group of ninety children arrived all at once. The ghetto in Kaunas had been emptied, the women were sent to Stutthof and the male children with their parents, with the fathers, were sent to Dachau. From Dachau the children were sent to Auschwitz, and ended up in the quarantine camp. They stayed with us for a while and then they were sent off and gassed. The head of the group was a fourteen-year-old boy and he encouraged them, saying: 'Just get on, onto the vehicle.' And when he had gotten on himself and the children began to yell, he said: 'Don't shout, you saw how they murdered your parents and grandparents? Well, now it's our turn. We will see them all again up there.' And then turning to the SS-men: 'But, don't for one minute think that you'll get off lightly! You'll all going to croak just as you're sending us to croak!' They beat him, but he'd said exactly what he'd felt was necessary at that moment. A brave kid!"