Gas Chambers

“There was a sign ‘to disinfection.’ He said ‘you see,they are bringing children now.’ They opened the door, threw the children in and closed the door. There was a terrible cry.

A member of the SS climbed on the roof. The people went on crying for about ten minutes. Then the prisoners opened the doors. Everything was in disorder and contorted. Heat was given off. the bodies were loaded on a rough wagon and taken to a ditch. The next batch were already undressing in the huts. After that I didn't look at my wife for four weeks.”

From the testimony of SS private Boeck (Langbein, quoted in Pressac, Jean-Claude. Auschwitz: Technique and Operation of the Gas Chambers. NY: 1989, 181) .

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Source: The Nizkor Project