Then we were taken to Melk
, a sub camp of Mauthausen
. It was here I learned that my brothers had died the previous day in an air raid. I was in charge of hauling 50-kilo cement bags from the railroad cars to the underground ammunition factory. I did that for what seemed like an eternity. After about a month I got a break, when I was asked to drill instead of hauling cement bags. That was a little better then being outside in the rain, carrying cement bags.
When the Russian forces started to catch up in February or March 1945, we were moved to Ebensee
, another sub camp of Mauthausen
. Finally in April or early May, the commandant assembled all the prisoners and told us that Germany had lost the war. He said that he had orders to put us all in the underground factory and blow us up, but he could not do it. Instead, the Germans left the camp and everyone ran for the food warehouses. Soon afterwards, we were liberated by the Americans.