Monday, September 6, 2010
"A non-Jewish doctor, Ella Lingens-Reinert...was sent to Auschwitz for harboring a Jew in her home in Vienna. As a non-Jewish prisoner, she had a privileged position and was respected even by the SS women. One day she was standing with an SS woman whose husband also worked at Auschwitz, watching a long line of children, women and old or incapacitated men waiting in front of a gas chamber. She asked the SS woman, "Do you like working here?" "No, Frau Doktor," answered the woman, "I don't really like it."
"But then why do you do it? You could be transferred if you wanted."
"Yes, but you see, it's like this. My husband and I both come from very simple families, we are hard-working people, and for many years we have been hoping to live in a better area. We want to have pleasant and respectable neighbors and friends. It is only now that we have been able to buy a house in a nice suburb. It is almost ready, but the kitchen is still far from finished. If we work here for only six more months we can have it finished....Then we will stop working here."
George Klein, Pieta