In , Hana was confined with other Jews to the Theresienstadt ghetto, where she worked as a nurse. There, amid epidemics and poverty, residents held operas, debates, and poetry readings. In , she was deported to Auschwitz. After a month there, she was sent to Sackisch, a Gross-Rosen subcamp, where she made airplane parts at forced labor.
Upon arrival in the Auschwitz camp, victims were forced to hand over all their belongings. Inmates' belongings were routinely packed and shipped to Germany for distribution to civilians or use by German industry. The Auschwitz camp was liberated in January This Soviet military footage shows civilians and Soviet soldiers sifting through possessions of people deported to the Auschwitz killing center.
Auschwitz is where the largest mass murder in history took place. Trains filled with Jewish prisoners entered the camp day and night. If they survived the trip, which could take many days with no food or water, they were unloaded from the trains and told to stand in line, men on one side, women and children on the other. From a platform, Dr. Josef Mengele would choose who lived or died by separating those capable of hard labor from the others.
Individuals, families and whole communities together with their personal belongings were packed into cattle trucks. They were locked in and transported for days. They had no information.