b. Gallows humor
...And I would say: 'Guys, eat and you will see what kind of flame will come out of us Yes eat, and what a flame'! Why? If we are fat it will help the Muselmanns to burn, since we have a flame, we will help, You understand?
...Two Jews meet in Warsaw and one of them is eating perfumed soap, the other asks: 'Moyshe, why are you eating soap with such a scent'? He answers: 'If they turn me into soap, I might as well smell nice'.
...'Entering through the gate is exiting through the chimney'
Painting by Joseph Bau
...Arbeit macht frei in Krematorium Drei - Work will free us through the chimney of crematorium No. three.
...I am talking about Plashow, the end of 1943, they built the camp over a former cemetery. Many horrible things were happening there. When we were standing there during muster in the rain, stomping our feet against the cold, it happened quite often that a bone would stick out. We would say: 'This is your Grandfather, that is your uncle'. We didn't know on whose grave we were trampling. It was also a kind of gallows humor.
...We had no soap at Plashow either, who is talking about soap? We used to say: Wait, wait till we get to Auschwitz, they will make soap out of us. At Plashow we already knew about Auschwitz, I told you, and they used to say: Yes, wait there we will have soap there they have a personal soap industry...