1. Upon arriving at Auschwitz, people were sorted by a selection process. Young children, the elderly, and pregnant women were immediately sent to the gas chambers. Everyone that looked healthy or strong enough for forced labor were sent on in the selection process. From there they were forced to march in five lines and sent to the barracks. They made another selection, where they were chosen for jobs. They were forced to strip and then they ran to the barber. The barber shaved all of their hair off and took all of the rest of their belongings. They were disinfected and then thrown clothes. They were sent to another barrack and told to stand and wait for Dr. Mengele. From there they were separated into more groups of workers, those who could not were sent to death. The process continued on like this until there were new workers and the old ones could be sent to death.
3. When Elie spoke to Yechiel, the brother of the rabbi from Sighet, he did not speak of those who had died or been taken away from him. His mother and his sisters were sent away and he did not know if he would ever see them again. They embraced and tried to share words of hope, but there is only so much hope you can have when you are awaiting death. He was numb to everything going on around him and speaking of loved ones would open that wound inside him up and break him for good.
By: Ashley Urtado, Darius Jones, Erika Keithley, Suzy Byers