P.29I didn't know that this was the moment in time and the place where I was leaving my mother and Tzipora forever.
P.55 My father had never served in the military and couldnot march in step. But here, whenever we moved from one placeto another, it was in step. That presented Franek with the oppor-tunity to torment him and, on a daily basis, to thrash him savagely.Left, right: he punched him. Left, right: he slapped him.
P.31You still don't understand? You sons of bitches. Don't you understand anything? You will be burned! Burned to a cin- der! Turned into ashes!"
P.32I pinched myself: Was I still alive? Was I awake? How was it possible that men, women, and children were being burned and that the world kept silent? No. All this could not be real.
P.36"Don't cry, Yehiel," I said. "Don't waste your t e a r s ... "Not cry? We're on the threshold of death. Soon, we shall be inside...Do you understand? Inside. How could I not cry?"
P.70 We were collecting corpses by the hun-dreds every day. Work was very hard. Today, this is a little paradise. The Kapos back then had orders to kill a certain number of prisoners every day. And every week, selection. A merciless selection...Yes, you are lucky."