The barracks consisted of stacked beds. I don't remember any blankets or anything like that. We were given only a little bit of food. Mostly it was potatoes, water and a tiny piece of bread. Once I remember being so hungry that I ate raw beets and my tongue became so sore that I couldn't close my mouth. But when you're hungry, you just eat anything.
Every morning we were lined up, counted and taken into town to do our day's work. I worked in a munitions factory, making bullets and bombs. My job was to weigh the gunpowder for the bullets. It had to be an exact weight or else it created an explosion, which the Germans called sabotage and for which we were all punished. I also dug ditches, mixed cement, cleaned toilets and the barracks for the SS women guards, who were very cruel. I did just about anything, because I was determined to survive. This was how I spent my childhood years.