Mae Herman

Mae describes her feelings before and after Mauthausen.

And we were aware that terrible things were happening. But nothing prepares you for what you see. You just – you cannot believe it. It’s not acceptable to the human mind. Even I said, I don’t want to go to a concentration camp, I didn’t sign up, I signed up to take care of combat officers.

My father had been trying to get over, relatives over here, and had sent money several times. And they waited and waited and waited, and then they couldn’t get out. And so I really didn’t want to do that sort of thing, to me. And most people did not know. I don’t know anybody who knew what was really happening. If you look at my booklet of the outfit and read what the colonel said, he says it was "political prisoners."

… And you can’t talk to anybody because nobody- in those days, you didn’t talk to anybody, because nobody would comprehend. And then some things I’m not telling you. Some things you never can tell. And I know, as victims, there are things that they will never tell. There are some things that are – you just cannot. You cannot.


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