The picture above is if of a selection in Auschwitz-Birkenau. When you look at it, it looks horrendous enough, But if you analyse it the horrors become so real.
Firstly it is clear that the line on the left will not see the end of that day. They are doomed to go into the gas chambers. At the very front there is a woman holding a baby, behind her is a young boy. They are both looking to the line on the right, I presume there is family in that line belonging to them.
Between the two SS men in front of that line you can see an old woman with fear in her eyes, not knowing what will happen to her
Then on the left next to the row there are a number of man in striped outfits, undoubtedly Kapo’s assisting in the selection. You could become angry with them for doing that, but if they didn’t, they would be killed, and the outcome for all the women and children in the row would not have changed.
The selections were the most cynical of the crimes committed by the Nazis, because the victims were still given hope .
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