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Shipped off

Notebook of Gisela Wieberdink-Söhnlein, Ravensbrück, March 24, 1945 (source: Camp Vught National Memorial)
Notebook of Gisela Wieberdink-Söhnlein, Ravensbrück, March 24, 1945 (source: Camp Vught National Memorial)

If the Krauts want to prevent
The Tommies from rescuing us,
You get shipped off.
Go by train: safe, fast, and cheap,
But may cause bodily harm, ouch!

We don’t need windows,
And we’ve no need to sit down.
That’s why we just stand
Making holes; if there’s something we refuse to do
It’s suffocate, so there!

“Ah schon wieder die frechste von allen
Denkst ich lass mich das gefallen,”
As Loutje Wolff says,
“Hier das Messer,” give him the dullest
To disembowel himself with, please!

And now here we sit quarreling
Like a bunch of fishwives
On top of one another.
Keep your mouth shut; your place isn’t so bad.
No, it’s really not, no!

We’re crammed in here like sows,
While those people there can lie down.
It’s a crying shame.
I can’t take it any longer; everyone wants something different.

Get away, Jet Sanders. Ouch! Koekie can’t hold it any longer
And starts to kick and shove.
Tonnie never has enough room
O-ee-o-o-o! Riek is being sneaky.
It was cramped and it stank, oof!

As the lady of the lavatory
(Otherwise there’ll be water damage)
We have Annie Lhoir.
She empties the trays, and there’s a cement bucket here.
It keeps the mind active!!!

And here we all sit.
We just have to put up with the fact
That we’re being shipped off like cattle.
It won’t be long now.
Soon there’ll be cows
Standing here mooing again, moo!

Source: 'Hoor de vrouwen zingen' - Liedjes van het ensemble P & P en vele anderen, Literair Eetcafé Miller, Amsterdam, 1987, p. 15