"We had no innocence." -Tova Friedman
During the Question and Answer period after the screening, Tova took the stage. She was spry and filled with life. She even joked with General Manager Michael Walenta, who was part of the WGVU production team that recorded her journey back to Auschwitz. One of the questions she was asked was, "What was it like being a child in the concentration camp?" She said it was the children's job to keep things clean. She also described a memory in which kids had been separated from their parents and an older kid came up to her as she was cleaning and asked if she wanted to see her parents. She followed this kid to where they could see the smoke from the incinerators and the kid pointed to the smoke and said "See? There's your mom, and there's your dad, and even your grandparents." Fortunately, her parents were not actually in that cloud. Soon enough, she was reunited with her mother and father, and unlike so many other families, they were able to live together as a family again.
"The Holocaust is not only history, it is a warning." -Tova Friedman
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