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ingefra [3 September 1940: We set off on board the Uranus]
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 By now it was 5th September and we were approaching **Belgrade**. Another Danube steamer appeared behind us, the Helios, full of Czech refugees who were to join us. We passed Belgrade in the dark, but the city was brightly lit. These lights would also soon go out; the Germans were advancing steadily through the Balkans. Again people waved to us from the bridges as we passed. We sang to them, because we had already composed a song with the chorus: "We must land once more, for there'​s no going back". The next day we passed the Iron Gates, huge cliffs compressing the river into a narrow bed. You could almost touch them. Red buoys lined the river to mark the shipping channel. Some said that a part of Russia bordered the river, but I don't know if that was true. By now it was 5th September and we were approaching **Belgrade**. Another Danube steamer appeared behind us, the Helios, full of Czech refugees who were to join us. We passed Belgrade in the dark, but the city was brightly lit. These lights would also soon go out; the Germans were advancing steadily through the Balkans. Again people waved to us from the bridges as we passed. We sang to them, because we had already composed a song with the chorus: "We must land once more, for there'​s no going back". The next day we passed the Iron Gates, huge cliffs compressing the river into a narrow bed. You could almost touch them. Red buoys lined the river to mark the shipping channel. Some said that a part of Russia bordered the river, but I don't know if that was true.
    
-Suddenly everyone went quiet – we were passing **Kladowo**. The last illegal transport had got stuck there; the ship was frozen in on the river and the passengers were taken to an internment camp. They were never heard of again. **Erich** **Frank**, who was in charge of our journey, gave a short speech and we sat in silence for a while. This was not the only tragedy we encountered on the Danube. Just before Russe we passed a small, fully-laden ship, the **Pencho**. They too had got stuck in the Danube; they had no coal, no money and no food. The crew had abandoned them and they were starving. We could shout to each other and they called, “Take us with you”. That was impossible because the yellow flag flying from the mast showed that they had an infection on board. They were under strict guard and anyone who tried to escape was shot. We had to stay in Russe for a few days because of visa problems, so our leaders could at least make applications for help for these poor people and they also informed our JOINT representatives in Athens. I don't know what happened in the end to the passengers on the **Pencho**.+Suddenly everyone went quiet – we were passing **Kladowo** ​(http://​www.aufrichtigs.com/​01-Holocaust/​Egon_Aufrichtig/​egon_aufrichtig_-_kladovo-sabac.htm). The last illegal transport had got stuck there; the ship was frozen in on the river and the passengers were taken to an internment camp. They were never heard of again. **Erich** **Frank**, who was in charge of our journey, gave a short speech and we sat in silence for a while. This was not the only tragedy we encountered on the Danube. Just before Russe we passed a small, fully-laden ship, the **Pencho**. They too had got stuck in the Danube; they had no coal, no money and no food. The crew had abandoned them and they were starving. We could shout to each other and they called, “Take us with you”. That was impossible because the yellow flag flying from the mast showed that they had an infection on board. They were under strict guard and anyone who tried to escape was shot. We had to stay in Russe for a few days because of visa problems, so our leaders could at least make applications for help for these poor people and they also informed our JOINT representatives in Athens. I don't know what happened in the end to the passengers on the **Pencho**.
  
 While we were in **Russe** - which is Elias Canetti'​s birthplace, by the way – one of our passengers died of a heart attack. The Jewish Community sent some members to take his body for burial in their cemetery. I remember how he was carried up the hill. While we were in **Russe** - which is Elias Canetti'​s birthplace, by the way – one of our passengers died of a heart attack. The Jewish Community sent some members to take his body for burial in their cemetery. I remember how he was carried up the hill.