Death angel: the Ss operating the gas chamber.
Antreten zum appell (stand up for the roll call): it was the daily cry that alerted the prisoners that the terrible Nazi roll call was about to begin
Bahnhof (railway station): in Mauthausen, cell where the dying people were left.
Canada: in Auschwitz was the warehouse where all the objects belonging to the prisoners were kept.
Retirement home: Hartheim’s castle, where elderly and sick deportees were sent from Mauthausen to be gassed.
Convalescentiary of Mittelwerde: name of a place that perhaps does not exist that indicated the gas chamber.
Dreck (dung,slush): the corpses.
Durch Den Kamin (through the chimney): it was basically the only way out of the extermination camps, through the chimney.
Ein Laus, dein Tod (a louse, your death): hygienic precept that has become a categorical imperative in the fields, after the petrochemical typhus epidemics
Entlassung (resignation, leave): resignation, leave.
Figuren (figures): the workers who burned corpses.
Fenster (window): the triangle of coloured fabric, sewn on the deportee’s jacket and trousers.
Fressen (animal feed): the prisoners’ food.
Geben zu fressen (feed): the introduction of Zyklon B grains into the gas chambers.
Grossnummer (big number): the deportee who most recently arrived in the camp. The first to arrive were called “small numbers”.
Gummi (rubber): the whip of about 2 meters, with a core of braided wire and covered with rubber, used for punishments.
Makkaroni: it is clearly an offensive way in which prisoners of Italian nationality were indicated.
Mexico: the women’s section of the Auschwitz camp.
Death by change of air: killing a prisoner with a barrel or blow with a stick.
Wall of the paratroopers: the stone staircase of the quarry of Mauthausen, from which many prisoners jumped to commit suicide
Muselmann (mussulman): debilitated skeletal prisoner from hunger.
Organisation (organization): get busy, get by, sneak up to survive.
Paratroopers: the suicides who threw themselves from the stairs of the Mauthausen quarry
Step Buchenwald: the slow and difficult pace of the deportees near death due to starvation.
Píepel: little boy object of attention by a homosexual kapo.
Pitchipoi: name of a fictional place that indicated the destination (often the extermination camp) of a convoy of prisoners.
Sauna: the gas chamber disguised as a shower.
Sport: punitive physical exercises, not infrequently fatal, imposed by the SS on prisoners.
Strasse (street): the central shaving of the hair, three fingers wide, from the forehead to the nape, imposed on the prisoner as a sign of recognition.
Weg zur Himmelfahrt (road to ascension): killing in the death camps.