By Miklos Nyiszli, Tibere Kremer, Richard Seaver, Bruno Bettelheim
While the Nazis invaded Hungary in 1944, they despatched nearly the whole Jewish inhabitants to Auschwitz. A Jew and a doctor, the prisoner Dr. Miklos Nyiszli was once spared loss of life for a grimmer destiny: to accomplish "scientific learn" on his fellow inmates lower than the supervision of the guy who turned often called the notorious "Angel of loss of life" - Dr. Josef Mengele. Nyiszli was once named Mengele's own examine pathologist. In that capactity he additionally served as doctor to the Sonderkommando, the Jewish prisoners who labored completely within the crematoriums and have been regularly carried out after 4 months. Miraculously, Nyiszli survived to offer this scary and sobering account
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And yet, behind the chain of lights, it seemed as though the air had grown heavier, enveloping the camp in a thick veil, through which only the blurred silhouettes of the barracks showed. By now the cars were empty. Some men, dressed in prison garb, arrived and unloaded the heavy baggage we had left behind, then loaded it onto waiting trucks. In the gathering darkness the forty box cars slowly faded, till at last they melted completely into the surrounding countryside. 44 Auschwitz Dr. Mengele, having issued his final instructions to the SS troops, crossed to his car, climbed in behind the wheel and motioned for me to join him.
I wondered whether he had thrown himself against the high-tension wires, or whether he had been pushed. Both were common in the KZ. The formalities were the same, whether it was a case of suicide or murder. In the evening, at roll call, the names of the deceased would be scratched from the muster list, and their bodies loaded onto “hearses” for transportation to the camp morgue. There another truck would pick them up, at the rate of forty to fifty a day, and bear them to the crematorium. The two bodies Dr.
He paused and haughtily scanned the ranks to see if everything was in order. Naturally it was not, so he began swinging with closed fists at those in the front rank who were wearing glasses, and drove them into the back rank. Why? Nobody knew. In fact you did not even think about it, for this was the KZ, and no one would even think of hunting for a reasonable explanation for such acts. This sport continued for several hours. They counted the rows of men more than fifteen times, from front to back and back to front and in every other possible direction they could devise.