A set of prisoner clothing - trousers, blouse, hat and wooden clogs at the Auschwitz Museum Archives. The wooden clogs were the source of much pain, suffering and death. Ill fitting and rough, they caused blisters and sores, even fatal infection due to prisoner's weakened immune systems. Each inmate was issued only one set of clothes. The loss of clothing items, especially the cap, was severely punished. The clothing could be changed only every six to eight weeks. From auschwitz.org
Arriving at Auschwitz, children and their mothers, along with the old and infirm, were taken directly to the gas chambers. Those exhausted by slave labor and the appalling conditions joined them. While camp doctors, including the notorious Josef Mengele, selected thousands of prisoners for cruel crippling and life-threatening experimentation. By 1944, so many were being killed that the bodies had to be burnt on huge pyres, fueled, partly by the victim’s own fat.
Auschwitz. Family of Slovak Jewess Lili Jacob (her aunt Tauba with her four children) awaiting Selection at the ramp in Birkenau. During the selection all were send to gas chambers. The transport from the ghetto in Beregszasz in Hungary left on May 17, 1944 and arrived on May 27, 1945. (Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum Archives)