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.

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In remembrance of all brave people who died in the horrible Concentration Camps! We will visit Auschwitz with our two teenagers. We'll never forget!

Karin, 45 - Eersel - Netherlands - 6 Sep 2014

I still don't understand how a society can get so brainwashed that they turn a blind eye to extremists and army-officials carrying out these sort of actions. Did they just not KNOW what was happening in concentration camps? Or were they content so long as it wasn't affecting them? Scary.

Samantha, 24 - New Zealand - 6 Sep 2014

My uncle was one of the soldiers who freed a concentration camp during WWII as a medic. He had nightmares for 60 years and never spoke about what he saw.

Robin, 64 - NYC - United States - 3 Sep 2014

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