At the beginning of January, 1945, the Russian Army was closing in on the camp. The Germans transported the prisoners to the west, first killing those who were sick or unable to make the journey. I was placed in a cattle car headed for Mauthausen Concentration Camp (Map). It was very cold and I didn't have warm clothes. My feet were frozen so badly from the cold that I could not walk. Fortunately for me, when I arrived at the camp, a French Jew carried me and hid me in a makeshift hospital. When they took off my shoes, parts of my toes on my left foot came off. Since the Germans were killing those with physical problems, I was very lucky. I spent a long time on my back and was cared for and fed by my new-found friend. He put some stuff on my feet, axle grease or something like that and wrapped them up with paper and he looked after me for days. He shouldn't have. It was dangerous for him.
A labour and concentration camp for men established in 1938 near Linz, Austria with forty-nine sub camps. Characterized by extremely brutal conditions, where approximately 120,000 of the 200,000 prisoners were murdered or worked to death. Equipped with gas chambers and a crematorium. Many prisoners were killed by being pushed from 300 foot cliffs into the stone quarries. Liberated on May 5, 1945 by the US Army.