The men and the women are immediately separated from each other.

Arrival at camp Auschwitz

Auschwitz-Birkenau Prisoners lined up on the train platform at Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.
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On the platform at Auschwitz-Birkenau, the men and women are separated. The Nazi's doctors determine which prisoners will be killed immediately.

The train comes to a sudden halt on the third night. In the middle of the night, around 2:00 AM. The doors of the train are then flung open. Men in striped clothing are screaming in German Aussteigen, schnell, schneller (Get out, hurry, hurry). The new arrivals have to leave their baggage behind on the train. 

Separated from each other

The prisioners at Auschwitz are the ones responsible for getting people off the train. There are German soldiers, from the SS, marching up and down the platform with dogs. They have whips in their hands. Harsh spotlights glare down on the platform. The men must line up on one side, the women on the other side. This is the last time that Otto Frank sees his wife and daughters.

SS-doctors evaluate the prisoners. Children, the elderly and sick are sent to the gas chambers, the rest to the barracks. The eight people in hiding from the secret annex are sent to the barracks.

Prisoner selections on the train platform at Auschwitz-Birkenau. Nazi doctors decide which prisoners are to be murdered immediately.

read other people's comments (64)

I never thought this deeply about how horrible the holocaust was until I started a project on Anne Frank I will remember her dearly and all the others too.

Ruby, United Kingdom - 25 Jan 2015

This was unexceptable but it is all in the past now. You can't blame the germans of today for what was before their time. We acknowledge that this was wrong and horrible but do not blame the living.

Ella, 16 - ---------- - United Kingdom - 8 Nov 2014

I wish we could reverse time so that we could stop the Nazi's from making that awful mistake. I hope nothing like this will ever happen again.

Amber Brown, 9 - Washington - United States - 7 Nov 2014

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