Fire! I see a fire!"Her little boy was crying, clinging to her skirt, trying to hold her hand: "It's nothing, Mother! There's nothing there...Please sit down... " He pained me even more than did his mother's cries. Some of the women tried to calm her: "You'll see, you'll find your husband and sons a g a i n ... In a few days..." She continued to scream and sob fitfully."Jews, listen to me," she cried. "I see a fire! I see flames, huge flames!"(pg. 25)
When Ellie was at the concentration camp a random "True. We didn't know. Nobody had told us. He couldn't believe his ears. His tone became even harsher: "Over there. Do you see the chimney over there? Do you see it? And the flames, do you see them?" (Yes, we saw the flames.) "Over there, that's where they will take you. Over there will be your grave. You still don't understand? You sons of bitches. Don't you understand anything? You will be burned! Burned to a cinder! Turned into ashes!"