7th Heaven (1996–2007): Season 2, Episode 9 - I Hate You - full transcript

Simon discovers friendly, generous old neighbor Charlotte Kerjesz has concentration camp tattoo. Eric forbids Simon to ask her to help for a history assignment but realizes his son is right after hearing classmate Larry's father spreads holocaust denial. The Camdens are excited to meet Joanne, Matt's first girl since Heather dumped him. Considering her 'too perfect', jealous Lucy and Mary decoded flippantly to hate and ignore her. Joanne overhears them and dumps Matt over his lousy siblings, which stands even after apologies.

Dad, you had to have been doing
something when Kennedy was shot.

I was. I was at the dentist.

Were you having a tooth pulled,
one of those root canals,

false teeth, anything?

I was a kid.
I was having my teeth cleaned.

The same teeth I still have today.



I have to get up
in front of my whole class and talk

and you've given me nothing
I wanna tell anyone.

- Not even that I have the same teeth?
- Oh, brother.

I thought you could choose
any historical moment to talk about.

Dad, what's more historical
than the moment JFK was shot?

It's the world's greatest
where-were-you-when question.

- And I invented it.
- It's been asked before, Simon.

Not by anyone in my class.

Dad, I think I'm gonna wait in the car
since this is Church business.

Mrs. Kerjesz doesn't go to our Church
so this isn't Church business.

It's neighbour business.
So let's get out of the car, shall we?

Dad, she's always giving me stuff
I don't want.

Last time we were here,
she gave me a ball of string.

You can always use a ball of string.
Get out.

She saves everything.

Well, nothing wrong
with not being wasteful.

In fact, some people
consider it a virtue.


Oh. Sorry about that.
I wasn't sure if you heard the doorbell.

It's all right, Reverend,
I was in the back. Come in.

Simon, how are you?

Come in, come in.

- So how can I help you, Mrs. Kerjesz?
- I wanna ask a small favour.

On Wednesday, could you possibly
drive some of my friends and me

to the Farmers Market?

The gentleman that usually drives us
is going to be in the hospital

for a small surgery.

Sure, I'd be happy to.

Of course, I didn't want you
to come by just to ask you a favour.

I have something for the boy.

I happen to like a certain frosted cereal
that is giving a new Red Lightning ring.

- I love Red Lightning.
- I know.

You told me and I didn't forget.

I saved the box tops for you
so you can send in for it.

How about that, huh?
Red Lightning.

Cool, totally cool.

I put the box tops right here.
Oh, here, here they are.

There, you two-- You two go now.

You have things to do and so do I.

I'll see you Wednesday, then.
What time?

Twelve is early enough. Goodbye.

Mrs. Kerjesz seemed to be
in a bit of a hurry there, didn't she?

Yeah, no kidding.

- I wonder what that was about.
- I don't know.

Unless it had something
to do with those numbers on her arm.

- What numbers?
- You know. It was right here.

I wonder why she would have a tattoo.
And a number tattoo at that.

We'll talk about it
when we get home.

But how did Hitler get everyone
to hate the Jews?


Well, there were a lot of problems
in Germany at the time,

and Hitler got everyone
to hate Jewish people

by blaming every problem
in Germany on them.

People were hungry,
Hitler blamed the Jews.

People were poor and didn't have jobs,
Hitler blamed the Jews.

Why did everyone believe him?

Simple answer, because it's easier
to blame than take responsibility.

Hitler used one of the most effective
propaganda campaigns ever created.

He convinced people

that there's a struggle going on
between all the races in the world

and that the Jews were trying
to dominate everybody,

so they had to be eliminated.

- You mean killed?
- Yeah.

Simon, his intent was to kill every
person on Earth who was Jewish.

He had other people
in the concentration camps killed

that he considered
enemies of Germany:

Gypsies, Serbs, Polish,
intellectuals, beggars, homosexuals,

Jehovah's Witnesses, anyone
and everyone who opposed the Nazis.

But he singled out the Jews
for extinction.

Six million Jewish people

were gassed or shot or starved.


How did Hitler die?

When he knew Germany
was defeated, he shot himself,

then had someone pour gasoline
over him and set him on fire.

He died like hundreds of thousands
of people he'd had killed.

But how come no one stopped him?

Why didn't the rest of the world
just go in and rescue those people?

Why didn't people do something
to help them?

That's a very good question, Simon.

People around the world
didn't wanna believe it.

They didn't wanna believe
something so horrible existed,

because then they'd have to
feel guilty for not doing anything.

Or they were too afraid
to try to do something,

or they didn't know what to do,
or at worst, some didn't care.

And you never knew Mrs. Kerjesz
was in a concentration camp?

Oh, there were times
when I suspected that maybe she was.

How come you didn't ask her?

That's just not something
you ask about, son.

If she wanted me to know,
she would have found a way to tell me.

It had to have been a horrible,
horrible experience.

There were many survivors who lost all
their family members in those camps.

But maybe it'll be good for her
to talk about it.

No, no. I know what you're thinking.

No, you're not gonna
ask Mrs. Kerjesz anything

just so you can do
an oral history report for school.

But if she wanted to?

Again, and for the last time I hope,
if she wanted to, she would have.

So you can discuss this all you want
with me, but not with Mrs. Kerjesz.

If she brought it up?

She's not gonna bring it up.
She rushed us out of her house.

Move on, Simon.


Mom, what were you doing
when JFK was shot?

I was at the market with my mom.


Mom, you wanna get them
out of here?

They're just hanging out
so they can stare at Joanne.

Well, I wouldn't mind getting a look
at Joanne myself.

Why does everybody have to
meet her? What's the big deal?

It's the third date, that's the big deal.

She's the first girl you dated
since you broke up with Heather.

That's the bigger deal.

And you like her
and that's the biggest deal of all.

- Who? Who do you like?
- Joanne.

What are we doing?

We're all gonna go upstairs
and give Matt a little privacy.

That's what we're doing.


- You too, Dad.
- Oh.

Have a nice evening.


Hold on to your hair.
Mom's gonna go through the roof.


Big surprise. She's right on time.

Big surprise.

I just got a great idea.

Ruthie, wouldn't you like to meet
Matt's new girlfriend?


Go down to the living room
and pretend to look for something.

Then Lucy and I will come down
and look for you.

What should I look for?

- Why don't you look for Hoowie?
- Okay.

A great idea?
That was a brilliant idea.

Thank you.



And who is this?

This would be my annoying little sister,
Ruthie, who's supposed to be upstairs.

I'm looking for Hoowie.

- Hoowie?
- Long story, don't get involved.

Sorry to interrupt,
we'll get Ruthie out of your way.

You sent me down here.

Hi, I'm Joanne.
You must be Matt's sisters.

- I'm Lucy.
- Mary.

- Nice to meet you.
- How about me?

Well, it is nice to meet you too.

Yeah, now all of you, get out.

JOANNE: Matt, maybe they'd like to go
for a ride with us.

My dad and I
fixed up an old Mustang.

- You guys wanna see it?
- No, they don't, but I'd love to.

- Good night.
- Maybe some other time.

Good night.


- Hate her.
- Hate her.

Hate her.

Maybe some other time
I can show you my perfect little car.

Oh, it's so special. I am so special.

Good night, good night.


I'd like you to come up
to your room with me right now.

It must be big.

- She didn't even notice we're here.
- I'll get to you two later.

You told.

Like no one would have noticed that.

What were you trying to do here?

I was trying to draw a mule
like one we have at school.

I think you mean mural.

What are the rules about drawing?

No drawing on the walls
or the furniture

or the floor or anywhere but paper.

That's right.

So why break the rules
if you know the rules?

I got bored, I guess.

Well, you're not going
to be bored much longer.

We're gonna get a bucket of water
and wash the crayons off the wall.

Do we have to? I like it.

Yes, we have to.

And I'm putting away the crayons
for a while.

No colouring, no pasting,
no cutting for one week.

I didn't paste or cut anything.
That's not fair.

- I think it's plenty fair.
- I hate you.


Hey, you okay?

- No, you're not okay. What's wrong?
- Ruthie said that she hates me.

- I'll talk to her.
- No, no. Please don't.

Let me handle this my own way.


Hey, Camdens.

Perfect hair even in a convertible.

She probably makes
perfect grades too.

She does, and she's going to Harvard
next year on a scholarship.


Tell me about it.

Hey, Camdens.


What? Is she watching us?

Yep, and she's probably got
perfect eyesight.


Miss Marski. Me, me, me.


- Me, me.
SIMON: Miss Marski.

Miss Marski.

- Pick me.
- Okay, Larry.

MARSKI: Tell us what topic
you've come up with.

I'm gonna ask my parents
where they were

- when President Kennedy was shot.
ALL: Ugh.

Show of hands.

How many of you
chose that same topic?


Simon, you have something else?

Well, I was thinking
of getting this friend of mine,

her name is Mrs. Kerjesz,

to tell me about being
in a Nazi concentration camp.

Hmm. Mm-hm.

My grandmother
was in one of those camps

and she had numbers on her arm,
but I never got to hear her tell about it

because I was just a kid
when she died.

Yeah. Larry?

My dad says
that stuff is all just a hoax.

There were no
concentration camps.


Simon, I think it's very important
to this class

that you talk to your friend
and tell us her story.

If you can do that, I will guarantee you
an A on your oral presentation.

Don't worry, I'll get it.

Now, I want the rest of you

to try to put as much thought
into this as Simon has.

There's nothing wrong
with your mother.

I got the bad news about
dinner straight from the horse's mouth.

She's helping Ruthie get the crayon
off the wall and it's not pretty.

Ruthie is in full pout.

- Where are you two going?
- Hmm? For a walk.

- I realize that. Where?
- No place special.



Maybe we should just leave it.

No, we can't just leave it. We have
to work a little harder to get it off.

But I don't have time to do this.

I just got home from school
and I need to play.

You can play after we finish, which
is probably not going to be today.

This is a mess.

But why can't you just clean it up
while I'm at school?

- Because I didn't colour the wall.
- But I said I was sorry.

I know, but that didn't get
the colour off the wall.

Besides, I think we need to spend
a little more time together.

I think we need to spend
a little more time apart.


When you want my help,
you let me know.


Are you going
to help Dad with dinner?

No, I am taking the night off.

I was kind of hoping you were
since Joanne's coming for dinner.

But, you know,
maybe tomorrow night would be better.

No, tonight will be fine.
I did everything.

He's just stirring and watching pots.
I'll keep an eye on things.

Oh. Thank you, thank you,
thank you, thank you. Whoo!


Hey, look where we are.
It's Mrs. Kerjesz's house.

Maybe we should drop by
since we're in the neighbourhood.

Mrs. Kerjesz?
Mrs. Kerjesz, you in there?


Mrs. Kerjesz, it's me,
Simon and my dog, Happy.

I just wanted to thank you
for those cereal box tops.

Okay, I'll be going now.

But if you ever need
to talk about anything, let me know.

I'm a really good listener.
I could come over anytime.

SIMON: The next couple of days
are really good for me.

I called Nigel.

He hasn't seen Simon
and he has no idea where he is.

But he thinks
there's probably a girl involved.

I walked around the block.
No sign of them.


Can you take over here and I'm gonna
drive around the neighbourhood.

- Yeah.
- Oh, right.

- Hi, Dad.
- Hi, Dad?

I was gonna look for you.
I've been calling everywhere.

- Where have you been?
- I was just walking Happy.

I guess we walked
farther than I thought.

It's dark.
You know to be home before dark.

I'm sorry, I didn't realize
it was dark until it was dark.

Simon, we were worried about you.
Don't ever do that again.

I won't. I promise.

I'm just glad you're okay.

Wait a minute.

You didn't by any chance go over
to Mrs. Kerjesz's house, did you?

I-- I-- I might have walked by there.

I-- I just wanted to thank her
for the, uh, cereal box tops,

the Red Lightning ring, you know.

She wasn't home anyway.

Say something.

Don't worry, I've got plenty to say.
Come on.


Mary, Lucy, if you'd like to pitch in
and help get dinner on the table,

we could all eat a little sooner.

- How's dinner looking, Mom?
- It looks just fine.

It is really a treat for me
to get a home-cooked meal.

Both my parents work,

so I usually just microwave something
and eat it by myself.

Oh, the poor thing,
she usually eats by herself.

I'm just surprised
she can microwave by herself.

Good one.


Dinner's almost ready, sweetheart.
You'd better get washed up.

I think I'll just eat in my room.
Thank you, Daddy.

I think maybe
you should eat with everybody else.

But I'll tell you what, I'll ask your mom
and let her decide, okay?


What's wrong with you?

I don't wanna eat dinner
with Mommy.

- Why not?
- Because she's mean.

She's making me wash the wall
all day long and all night long.

So? You coloured on it.

So? I used to come home from school
and have cookies and milk.

Now she's just making me wash
and wash.

She's just like that
mean old stepmother in Cinderella...

...only she's pretty.


Let me explain something to you, kid.
This is how the parent thing works.

You do something wrong
and they punish you

because they love you,
and they wanna teach you a lesson.

For example, I just learned from Dad
that if I'm ever out after dark

visiting someone
I'm not supposed to visit,

I'll be grounded
until I graduate from high school.

It's not the same.
You did something bad

and you didn't have to do
any punishment.

You didn't even get a time-out.

Still, I learned something.

Yeah, well, I learned something too.
I hate Mommy.

Whoa, you better think about that
before you say that out loud again.

Besides, I know you don't mean it.

Why not? Mary and Lucy hate Joanne
and they mean it.

I hope Joanne's not going to do that
whole smiling thing through dinner.

I won't be able to eat from the glare
of her teeth flashing in my eyes.

- You think they're capped?
- Bleached, at the very least.

MARY: And she's probably had
a boob job and her nose fixed.

Nobody can look that good
without some serious help.

Underneath, she's probably as
phoney as her teeth.


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Honey, everybody's waiting
for you to go to school.

Why are you still in your pyjamas?

I'm sick.

It doesn't feel like you have a fever.
What hurts?

My arms hurt real bad.

I think it's from trying to wash
the stuff off the wall.

I see. Yeah, well, that could be it.

Maybe you should just finish
doing it.

You know, when somebody
does something wrong,

they need
to take responsibility for it,

whether the mistake
is colouring on the walls

or saying something
that isn't nice or isn't true.

I think maybe
you made a mistake the other day

and said something
that you didn't mean.

And I was hoping
that after you thought about it,

you'd apologize.

Do you remember
when you said you hated me?

I know you hate being punished.

But saying that you hate me
really hurt my feelings.

Get ready for school. I'll drive you.

Do we still have to wash the wall
when I get home?



We went straight
to the curb and back, not a step more.

I know,
I was watching out the window.

Dad, do you think you could talk
to Mrs. Kerjesz about her life

and then tell me about it
since I'm not allowed to ask her?

No, Simon, I don't.

You're just gonna have to pick another
topic for your oral history report

and that's final.

Now, if you go back there and bother
Mrs. Kerjesz about this again,

mister, you're in big trouble.

I know. It's just that--

Never mind.

No, no, I wasn't being fair to you.
What did you wanna tell me?

Well, there's this Larry kid
in my class,

and he says there never
were any concentration camps.

His dad told him
that all that stuff was just made up.

Larry's dad obviously has a problem.

If he can deny
that what happened happened,

then he's making that choice
out of his own hatred.

I just can't understand anybody
teaching their kid to do that.

I know.

So, what should we do about it?


- Hi.
- Oh, hi.

I have to go.
I don't wanna be late for class.

I thought you're gonna call
me when you got home.

- Is something wrong?
- Yes.

Actually, there is something wrong.

But this may not be
the best place to talk about it.

Okay, so where would be
a good place to talk about it?

You know what,
on second thought, I'd like to drop it.

I like you, Matt,
but this isn't gonna work out.

What? Why not?

I thought
everything was fine between us.

Things are fine between us.

But things are not fine
between your sisters and me.

My sisters?
What are you talking about?

Mary and Lucy hate me.
I don't know why, but they do.

- They hate me.
- Ha-ha-ha. No, they don't.

Where did you get
a crazy idea like that?

It is not a crazy idea, Matt,
it's the truth.

- Why would they hate you?
- I don't know.

- Maybe you should ask them.
- This is nuts.

I have to go.

I'll call you.

No, really.
I don't have anything else to say.



Hi, Mrs. Kerjesz.

I understand that Simon
dropped by yesterday

and I wanted to apologize
if he disturbed you.

You know what he wanted.

He wanted to talk
about something he saw

when you two were here
the other day.

Can an innocent boy like that
really understand my story?

Yes, I think he can.

But I don't wanna pressure you
if it's not something you talk about.

I talk about it.

I talk about it with my friends
who are survivors.

We have a common background.
That gives us common ears.

We can hear each other.

Other people
don't hear us so well or not at all.

a heart simply isn't strong enough

to hold the pain
of another human being's suffering,

so the mind can't fathom it.

- You know what I mean?
- Yeah, I know.

But I didn't come here
just to apologize for Simon.

I had a feeling.

I wanted to talk to you
about something that was said

in Simon's class.



Um-- Look, I know
this is gonna sound nuts,

but do you guys hate Joanne
for some reason?

Why do you ask?

Well, because Joanne just dumped me
because she thinks you two hate her.

- Ha. We don't hate her.
- No.

Yeah, I figured as much.

I guess I'm just on the rebound
and picked a flake to go out with.

- What?
- Nothing.

It's just--
I mean, don't worry about it.

It's not like it was any great loss.

Yeah, you'll find someone else.

I don't believe this.
Joanne was right, you do hate her.

Well, hate is such a strong word.
We don't hate her.

It's just that
we don't like her all that much.

Yeah, why not?

What did she ever do to you?


- Oops.
- Yeah, big oops.

I forget. Why did we hate her?

I don't know. I don't remember.

What are we gonna do now?

Well, we'd better go find Matt
and apologize.


Yeah, I know.

Have you seen Dad?

He's still at Mrs. Kerjesz's house
with Simon. What's wrong?

I'm really angry at Mary and Lucy
and I wanted to talk to Dad.

Could you talk to me?
I'm a pretty good listener.

I might be able to advise you
as well as your dad.

I'm not looking for advice. I'm looking
for Dad to go and yell at them.

Yell at them about what?

Joanne dumped me
because Mary and Lucy hate her

for absolutely no reason.

- Are you sure?
- Mom, I'm sure. I just talked to them.


Well, your dad can yell at them
if he wants when he gets back,

but I'm taking my turn right now.

I wanna apologize if we did anything

or said anything
to hurt Joanne's feelings.

We were just kidding around.

Kidding around how?

We were sort of making fun of her
the other night in the kitchen

and she may have possibly
overheard something.


Well, it's just that she's so perfect.

Yeah, you know,
she's got those perfect teeth

and perfect hair
and a perfect car and perfect grades.

How terrible of her
that she was blessed

with good looks and works hard.

Is that why you two
seemed so close this week?

ANNIE: Because you were bonding
over a common enemy

that you created
just for the fun of it?

Well, that is a really dangerous
little game you're playing.

Not only do you owe
your brother an apology,

you owe Joanne an apology.

First thing tomorrow
when you get to school,

you find her and talk to her.

maybe we could call her instead.

Yeah, like right now.

No, you apologize to her face.


That wasn't yelling.

Maybe I'm just not in the mood
for yelling.

Ruthie's really getting to you, huh?

You know about that?

Simon told me.

ANNIE: I know that she didn't mean
what she said.

But that word coming out
of that sweet little face...

How could she even say the word
hate, much less that she hates me?

It's like my heart hurts.


Good night, Simon.

Good night, Mrs. Kerjesz.

Thanks for talking to me.

I don't know, maybe I wasn't such
a good listener after all.

I'm really sorry
about what happened to your family.

Yes, I'm sorry too.


- Good morning.
- Good morning.

- What's this?
- I'm all done.

You mean,
you finished cleaning up your wall?

Yep, I got up
as soon as my eyes opened.

Oh, honey...

The marks are all gone real good.
You can go look if you want.

I can't wait to see it. Thank you.

You're welcome.

I love you.

I love you too.

And it's so nice to hear you say that

because I know
you've been mad at me.

Yeah, but I don't hate you for real.
And I'm sorry I said that.

Yeah, I'm sorry that you said it too.

Is your heart still hurting?

I wish I could tell you that it didn't,
but my heart does still hurt a little

even though I know
you don't really hate me

and that you didn't mean to hurt me.

But I want your heart
to feel better right now.

I know you're a very little girl
and this is a very big lesson,

but once you say something,

the words seem to have
a power all on their own.

And even though you might want
to take them back, you can't.

And even though
you apologize for them,

it doesn't always fix things.

At least not as quickly as
you'd like them to be fixed.

So you just give me a day or two
and my heart will be fine.

Oh, then I guess it's just my mouth
I should worry about.




All right, there she is.
Let's get this over with.

Hi. Would it be all right
if we talked to you for a minute?

Is this a good time?

Matt told me you wanted to talk to me,
but it's not necessary, really.

No, it's completely necessary.
We feel terrible about how we acted.

We're sorry if we hurt your feelings.

If? If you hurt my feelings?

You think my teeth are capped,

I have a boob job
and I can't microwave my own food.

That's right.

I have perfect hearing too.
I overheard every word.

- We're really sorry.
- You should be.

If you had bothered to get to know me,
I'm a pretty nice person.

And I try and treat others
the way that I wanna be treated.

Yet if you made
the same mistake we did,

you'd want people
to forgive you, right?

I wouldn't make
the same mistake you did.

No, I'm sure you wouldn't.
And look, it's really not like us.

We're really nice most of the time.
We just got caught up in being stupid.

So please don't take this out on Matt,
it really wouldn't be fair.

No, it's not fair.

But it's still not gonna work out
between Matt and me,

because I don't think I could
ever feel comfortable around you two

or at your house.

So that's just how it is.

- We tried.
- We failed.

So? How'd it go?

- Sorry.
- Me too.

If it's any consolation,
we learned a big lesson here.

No, it's not any consolation,

because whatever lesson you learned,
you learned at my expense.

Okay. What do we do now?

Now we try to live with our sorry selves
and never do anything like this again.


Boy, I am so proud of all of you.

We're really learning a lot

by talking with older people
about their experiences, aren't we?

Let's see. Who wants to go next?

Simon. I know I've been
anxiously awaiting your report.

- Are you ready?
- Yes, ma'am, I'm ready.

My report is on the Holocaust,

which is the time when Hitler
became chancellor of Germany

on January 30th,1933
until World War II ended

on May 8th, 1945.

During this time, an estimated
11 million people were murdered

as a direct result of measures
taken against them by Hitler

and almost 6 million of those people
were Jews.

My friend, Mrs. Kerjesz,
was just one of those Jewish people

who was put into a Nazi
concentration camp, but survived.

I know the assignment
was to tell a story

passed down by a friend
or family member,

but this is not a story that I can tell.

And even if I could,
you'd probably just think I made it up.

So I'm willing
to take an F on my report,

because I heard
Mrs. Kerjesz's story last night

and it's more important for her
to tell it to you

than for me to tell it to you.

This is Charlotte Kerjesz.

SIMON: She is a survivor
of one of the death camps

called Auschwitz in Poland.

Mrs. Kerjesz?

Thank you.

I was taken
to the concentration camp

with my mother, my father,
my little brother,

from Hungary in 1944.

My older brother was a soldier

fighting for Hungary
on the Russian front,

and my sister was captured by
the SS men right after the occupation.

I arrived in Auschwitz
with my younger brother,

my mother and my father.

We had travelled
for four and a half days on the train

without food, without water,
without sanitary facilities.

In the train, it was very, very hot.

And the stench and the heat
and the noise was unbearable.

In the car, there were people
screaming and crying.

There was a panic in it.

We did not know
where we were being taken.

When we arrived finally somewhere,
the doors opened up.

There were hundreds,
hundreds of people

trying to get off
and pushing each other,

and my father held our hands
so that we would not be separated.

They told us to form two groups.

The men should form one group

and the women and the children
should form another group.

Five months earlier,
my brother turned 13.

He was bar mitzvahed.

So now he didn't know
if he was considered here

to be a man or a boy.

I told him to go with my mother.


Because mothers,
they take care of their children.

Sick children,
and my brother was very, very sick.

You see, I didn't know.

That was my decision.

I killed my brother...

...because the group with all
the mothers and all the children...

...were taken directly
to the gas chamber.

Even today, I cannot forgive myself.

Well, I was looking for my father.
My father.

He was 6-foot-2,
tall man and very strong

and he always knew
what to do in any situation.

But when I saw him,
he was standing there.

And he looked so miserable,

with tears coming down on his face.

I didn't think where I was,
what I was,

I start to run to him.
I didn't know what I wanted.

I... I guess just to comfort him.

The SS man stepped forward
and he stopped me

and started screaming at me
and beating me.

"Go back!
You go back where you belong!"

I had no choice, no.
I had to go back.

So I went where my mother
and my brother stood before.

But they were nowhere.

Well, after this,
they told all the single women

to form a third group
and to step forward.

There was a young SS man
and he was standing.

So he was so relaxed and smiling,
and as we passed him by,

he was waving so,
"Left, right, left, right..."

Later, we found out
that those who were waved left

ended up in the gas chamber.


We went to the showers.
They told us to take off our clothes.

In the shower, they shaved our hair.

We were standing bald, naked.

I was completely humiliated.

When we came out,
they gave us some rags to wear.

I got a man's shirt with no buttons.
I tried desperately to cover myself.

It was 2:00 in the morning
and very, very cold.

Then the SS came and told us
to go back to our barrack.

We would meet our parents.

When we came there,
naturally, no one was there.

Some of the girls started
to scream, cry:

"Where are my parents?
Where are my parents?"

And then the SS came and said to us,
pointing to the sky:

"Look up. What do you see?"

The sky was black,
heavy with smoke.

And then he said, laughing:

"There are your parents,

and that is where you are going.

The only way out of Auschwitz
is through the chimney."

And that was my arrival
to Auschwitz-Birkenau.

My mother, my father,
my brother, dead.

After the war, I found out
that my older brother and sister

were dead too.

Of my family,

I was the only one who survived.

If only we could stop
hating each other.

If only...