Back in 2006, the Oprah Winfrey Network honored the 70th anniversary of the Holocaust by interviewing and featuring Holocaust survivor, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, and New York Times bestselling author Elie Wiesel who eloquently recalled his ordeal at Auschwitz while standing on those very grounds decades later.


Krystyna Chiger in 1941On February 6, 1947, 11 1/2-year-old Krystyna Chiger was interviewed by Magistrate Maria Holender. During the war, she had been hidden with her family in the sewers of Lvov, a city in Poland. Here is what she said.

When Daddy found out that there would be a liquidation of the Ghetto, we hid in the cellar. We usually went there in the afternoon when Mommy would come back from work. I was 7 years old then and I knew about everything.

Later we headed for the sewer. It was very wet and dark. I was very scared and I was shaking, but I tried to be calm and only asked Daddy if we still had far to go. There were stones with yellow worms crawling all over. We put all our things over the stones and sat on top of them.

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