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The Survivor Monologues

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JOSEPHINA PRINS, 81, is a survivor of Auschwitz. Two years ago, she was diagnosed with multiple myeloma. She is now receiving the second of two rounds of chemotherapy.

The death march was in January 1945—three days of walking in the snow, and then I was in an open cattle cart for three days more. Most of my family was murdered. In the camps, I was never afraid of these Germans. I told them so, and one gave me a big smack and my tooth fell out. He called me “the impertinent Dutch girl.” Myeloma is a hideous disease. If you’re lucky, you go into remission, but I haven’t done that yet. Still, I’m optimistic. Human evil is worse than this cancer.


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