Part of a sequence of pictures taken by Nazis at Auschwitz, documenting the process of 'selection' on the 'ramps'. Taken in late May or early June 1944.

Almost daily several trains consisting, on average, of forty to fifty cattle trucks, arrived on the newly built ramp at Birkenau. The trucks into which up to 100 people had been crammed were bolted; they were unlocked only when the train had reached its destination. The people were parched with thirst since, during their journey lasting several days, they had been given not a drop of water. Many died en route from the rigours of the journey.

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