Holocaust survivor Helen Finder talks about the bread that the Czechs threw to the marchers.


Every day, before we had to start
the walk again, they shot all these from the wagon, because they needed the wagon
for new people who wouldn’t be able to walk, and this was going on day after day, and every day the group
was getting smaller and smaller, and food? Sometimes, before we started,
they got a piece of bread, they gave us a piece of bread,
a little bit water or something. This was going on and on. Once we came to a city, where… It was like eleven o’clock
in the morning, it was a very busy city,
I don’t remember the name of it. A lot of people were shopping, and people saw this transport
passing by and they were throwing
whatever they had in their baskets, they were throwing bread,
meat, whatever, whatever they had
they threw to the people and everybody was trying
to grab something, and then a baker came out
from a bakery with loads of big loaves of bread, and he was… And everybody fell over him
and I grabbed a bread like this and I stuck it behind my… But I was… A whole group of people
fell over me and they tore the bread apart
from me and I was screaming: “Leave me a piece for Minka,”
Minka was… a philosophy student
in the Krakow university, was a friend of mine, and she was sick,
she was already on the wagon that day, and I was… I wanted a piece for her. I didn’t even have
one piece of bread left.

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