In the photo above, notice the men, wearing striped shirts, who are helping with the unloading of prisoners who have been brought on a train to the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp.
The real function of these prisoners was to advise young people to lie about their age, so that they would not be sent immediately to the gas chamber. Children under the age of 15 were automatically sent to the gas chamber soon after they had arrived.
One of the many Holocaust survivors, who was saved by lying about her age was Mindu Hornick. You can read her story in this news article: http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/edgbaston-auschwitz-survivor-shares-harrowing-10834116
The following quote is from the news article, cited above:
An inspirational grandmother who survived the horrors of Auschwitz concentration camp has shared her experience with pupils at a Birmingham school.
Mindu Hornick , of Edgbaston, was just 13 years old when she was sent to the notorious Nazi extermination camp with her mother, sister and two younger brothers.
The 86-year-old arrived at Auschwitz in a cattle carriage, but survived along with her older sister Bilu after a Polish prisoner advised the girls to lie about their ages and claim they were skilled seamstresses.
“When we arrived at the camp there were 70 of us, all women, mothers and children, in the [train] wagon,”
“As we got out of the wagon a Polish man, in striped uniform, spoke Yiddish to my mother and told her to send us ahead, and say we were 17 and 19 years old.
“He said ‘don’t worry, you will see them later’.
“I realise now that saved our lives, my mother and brothers were sent to the gas chambers.
“I can still remember walking away from my mother, looking back and seeing her scarf blowing over her face.
“Little did I know at the time that I would never see her or my young brothers again.”
Mindu was one of a number of survivors of a host of atrocities to give talks at Rockwood Academy, which has been working with charity the Anne Frank Trust UK – teaching pupils about the holocaust as well as raising awareness of lesbian, gay and transgender issues.
Before you say that the Nazis were all bad, you must remember that they had the decency to place prisoners at the train ramp, so that they could advise young girls to lie about their age, so that they would not be sent immediately to the gas chamber.
This quote is also from the news article, cited above:
Mindu said her life was saved thanks to being sent to work in an underground ammunitions factory, seven months after she first arrived at Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1942.
“When people ask how I survived, I always tell them the same thing – sheer luck,” said Mindu.
After being liberated by the American army in May 1945 Mindu initially returned to Prague, but was forced to flee to live with an uncle in Birmingham in 1948 during the Soviet occupation.
“After the cafe culture of Prague, Birmingham [in England] felt very smoky and dark, but I was safe and free for the first time,” said Mindu.