«That number is a part of me»
Rodrigo Adão da Fonseca
«The number is a part of me» (ver o depoimento de Helena Jockel)
Helena Jockel loved the bright, friendly students she taught at a Jewish elementary school in occupied Hungary. But her world ended when the Nazis evacuated the town's Jewish ghetto in 1944. In this CBC Television clip, the Halifax resident says that, a half-century later, she remembers the names of all 28 students who rode with her in a cattle car to an uncertain fate. "I hoped that I would be able to help them," she says, pausing, "And I never, ever was." Arriving at Auschwitz in Poland, Jockel and others were herded on to a ramp. There, Dr. Josef Mengele, "the chief selector," decided with a wave of his finger who lived and who died. It was humiliating to be reduced by a tattoo to number 16505 in the Nazi death machine, she says. "It never, ever came into my mind to get rid of that number. That number is a part of me, a part of my experience." Jockel also describes an encounter with a female SS soldier, the "beautiful music" of the Allies bombing the camp, her eventual liberation and why she will never return to Auschwitz.