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A rare photograph of Jews in Auschwitz before selection. The beginning of the 1940s

Opening price: $150

Commission: 22%

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A rare photograph showing Jews wearing yellow patches upon their arrival at Auschwitz after getting off the train at the entrance to the camp, before selection. The identification of the event was made based on a similar photograph found in the Yad Vashem Museum.

Most of the Jews arrived at the camp by train, often after an extremely difficult journey in sealed cattle cars, which lasted several days, and even over a week. When they arrived at the platform, the Jews were taken off the train with violence and force. Prisoners from the Commando-Canadian unit were responsible for unloading the passengers from the train cars and separating them from their belongings, while ensuring that their belongings were kept in the camp; These prisoners were forbidden to tell them about their fate. On the platform the men were separated from the women and children. A doctor from the SS, who was often Dr. Josef Mengele, along with other SS officers would perform a sorting - selection - of those who arrived according to their looks, those fit for work and those who were sent directly to be killed. The selection was done casually and usually randomly; according to estimates, about -10% to 20% of the men were selected for work, and the rest were condemned to immediate death.

9x7 cm. Very good condition.

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61. A rare photograph of Jews in Auschwitz before selection. The beginning of the 1940s