Interview with Zara Vaan Donohue
Zara came into the room looking confident and outgoing. I asked how her journey up here was she replied with a big grin on her face ''Better than the one to Auschwitz''.
I asked Zara if she wanted to speak about Auschwitz but she said that there was a whole story before that, I got the impression she didn't want to think about it to much. So i asked her what she remembered about the start of the war. She started of telling me some of the things that had changed but the one thing she emphasised on was the big J being stamped on her parents passport ''it's funny, they hated us so much but they wouldn't let us leave their country'' I then asked what age she was when it started she was seven, i then asked what her parents told her before the war started, she said that as parents of course they hid it but it was all over the place. I knew more than they did because of what my friends all told me.
I asked her if her family ever tried to escape Poland '' Of course, we left late at night. We thought we were going to get across but we got caught and our passports were taken of us. We were lucky they weren't sending many people to Auschwitz at that point.'' I started to notice saddening in her voice. I then went on to ask her when she got sent to Auschwitz. ''Well i was about eight, many of our friends had gone and my grandparents were taken in the night. There was a bang on the door and that was it. We were taken to the train station and piled into carts. We were lucky because our cart had a roof, this was the last time i ever saw my mother and father. They must have been put on another cart ''
''did you got to Auschwitz first''
I saw she was about to cry but i knew i was getting somewhere ''did you ever see your family again?'' Zara go up off her chair walking around
'' So what if i did!, what would i say they got gassed they got shot!'' she started to apologise as she sat down. I stopped her apologising when she said ''I met my sister a couple of months later at Auschwitz, she said that mother and father were killed at Treblinka, i was glad in a way at least they never had to go through all this.'' I asked her what happened to her sister '' She died 6 weeks before the camp was librated''
I continued by asking her about the conditions at Auschwitz. She told me how she shared a bed with people who didn't even speak her language and that there was rats everywhere''
I felt that She'd had enough so i asked her if she'd ever forgive Hitler ''NO!''
i thanked her for her time and left the room glad that I'd had the chance to meet her.
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