When I arrived at Auschwitz there were just 3 barracks, but the enormous space around which was bordered with electric wire and barbed wire, promised that this emptiness would, undoubtedly, quickly be filled up with construction of one kind or another. And that's exactly what happened. Every day transports arrived at the camp, full of people, who had been brought from every corner of Europe. The procedure of emptying out a transport once it got to Auschwitz was always exactly the same. The heavy doors of the rail cars were opened up on both sides, S. S. brutes would stand with their sticks and their whips and they'd really give it to the unlucky victims who came out of the cars. Tens of dead people were taken out of the cars. These were the victims of the journey who had endured days upon days inside hermetically sealed rail cars without water or anything to eat, without air, in a frightfully crowded space. The arrival at Auschwitz was marked by orders to stand up in lines while a doctor from the S. S. carried out his selection. With a little gesture of his hand, he indicated who went straight to the gas chamber and crematorium, and who would remain alive for the time being, though in the hideous conditions at Auschwitz.
Frightful scenes were played out when children were torn away from their parents, even babies who were nursing were torn from their mother's breasts. Some of the mothers fought like lionesses against this brutality, but their struggle always ended up in a quick death. How much brutal sadism the Germans displayed in the murder of little babies!?
The part of the transport that was directed to the left was sent to the gas chamber. It appeared to be a barracks covered with tarpaper, with two tiny little windows. During my arrival at Auschwitz there was just one gas chamber. But with time the death industry developed to such a scale that 5 gas chambers were able to take care of thousands of people on a daily basis. There was also a great increase in