Emmaly Reed knows the value of time.
She spent 12 years in Nazi concentration camps in Germany, incarcerated for being Jewish at age 3 and released at the age of 15.
"We never knew what day it was, or what date of the month," Reed said. "All we knew was winter is cold, spring has new growth and summer is hot. And fall is when the trees lose their leaves."
A native of Germany now living in Salina, she also knows the value of truth. Since moving to Kansas in the early 1970s, she has been traveling across the state to share her story.
"I do it so people know the real truth, because in the computer is not the truth," she said. "You have to be there to know that. And I've been there."
When she entered Dachu [sic], she received a number 4 tattoo on one arm and a Star of David on the other arm.
"That means I was the fourth person in the camp and the star meant I was Jewish," Emmaly said.
She no longer has the tattoos on her arms that branded her a concentration prisoner. After the war a kind doctor removed them for her.
Emmaly said that Hitler was nothing special, but he had an almost hypnotic power over the women and men under his control.
"He was not human," she said. "He killed a little boy next to me and I looked into his face. It was not the face of a human, it was the face of the devil." "Those are pictures you cannot forget," she said. "I still have nightmares where I wake up screaming."
Emmaly was 15 when she was rescued by the French military. At the time of her rescue she was in a coma.
"It was at the end of the war and the SS had to flee quickly, so they hung us up on the wall," she said. "They put chains around our necks. If you moved you would strangle yourself and die. About 50 percent did die. If the French wouldn't have showed up when they did I know I would have died too."
Emmaly will be speaking in Sharon Springs at the High School Friday, April 4, at 10:30 a.m. MT.
Very strange that all Hitler biographers, who usually do not abstain from digging up any dirt on the man, missed the fact (of course it's true, with have an "eyewitness") that Old 18 killed a child at Dachau with his own hands...
Also, I always thought it was American troops that liberated Dachau..