THE REGISTRATION

         

The newly arriving persons were driven to special buildings where the so-called "Badeanstalten" (wash-rooms, also named "Sauna") were located. They prisoners had to undress completely, were deprived of all their civilian clothes, valuables, but mainly of their personal dignity. "Barbers" shaved their hair on head and body.


E
specially women suffered from that first humiliation - being naked and loosing all their hair.

Afterwards, the prisoners had to take a short, ice-cold or boiling hot shower, followed by a desinfection with badly smelling, blue-green liquor.

While running, the inmates had to catch the prisoners' clothes and other parts of the necessary equipment..

At the end, the inmates were registered in an accurate card-index. Something typical for Auschwitz was the tatoowing of prisoners who received a running number tatooed on their left arms. This is a result of the huge number of camp inmates.

The prisoner had to sew the same number on the left breastside of his clothes, together with a coloured triangle ("Winkel") which marked the prisoner's category - the reason why he/she was in the camp. With this number, the prisoners lost their names and individualities.

First, the inmates were brought to the quarantine huts. In maximally six weeks, the inmate came in touch with the brutal reality in a KZ, the daily life like being drilled or singing German songs.

The mortality was exceptionally high within the first three months because of the "entrance shock". Zdenka Fanlova describes that shock as follows: