the testimony of Arthur Rosenthal from Miskolc, Hungary,
who was liberated while imprisoned with his brother at the
concentration camp of Gunskirchen, a sub-camp of
"We were very much on the last leg of our breath. We
just didn't think we were going to be able to survive...We
really practically gave up hope, and one day--I think it
was on May 5, 1945--when a loudspeaker announced that we
were free. So that was, needless to say, a very joyous
occasion. I don't really think that we--particularly
me--were able to comprehend what it meant. I think in my
joy I just gave up what was an energy in me to live.
I don't remember
anything. I think I--with the knowledge that we were
free--I probably fell asleep or became unconscious from
being exhausted. I woke up and....
My brother woke me or he
was there, and he said, 'Arthur, we're free. Wake up!
You know, I was outside. We have no more S.S....we have no
more barbed wire....we have no dogs.... There's food. I
brought you food.'
We ate and ate. We
couldn't satisfy ourselves. We ate and ate..."