Every time a train loaded with prisoners entered Auschwitz, the same terrible procedure was repeated: the selection.
The deportees had to get off the train leaving all their belongings next to the train, terrified, often in a silence which was deafening, families tried to reunite and everyone was promised that later they would regain their things and meet their wives, husbands and/or children again.
A group of SS appointed to briefly question some of the prisoners (“How old are you? Are you healthy or sick?), and immediately indicate them the direction to take… in a few minutes, groups of men able to work were formed. The remaining, women over 29, children and men over 69, were swallowed up by the night and killed within two days.