Six months in Hell - Pierre Goltman
Fleeing the Parisian region during the exodus, the Goltman family found refuge in the Allier department of central France. There Pierre and his father were denounced and arrested as accomplices of the local Resistance. It was as Jews that they were transferred to the camp of Drancy, then deported in the convoy of June 30, 1944.
On the ramp at Auschwitz-Birkenau, father and son avoided the selection that was synonymous with immediate death. They were assigned to the annex of Monowitz and a harsh and often lethal regime of forced labour. Hunger, beatings and lack of hygiene proved fatal to Pierre’s father.
Pierre was in a state of extreme fragility. At the evacuation of Auschwitz (January 18, 1945), the Germans left him for dead in the Monowitz "infirmary". After long months of convalescence, he was reunited with his mother who had escaped this hell.