Jewish women and children from Hungary
Jewish women and children from Hungary who have been 'selected' to walk towards the gas chambers in May 1944.
© United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Jewish women and children from Hungary who have been 'selected' walk towards the gas chambers in May 1944. On 20 March 1944, the day after the German army hadrolled into Hungary, Adolf Eichmann arrived in the capital, Budapest. There he met with Hungarian leaders and discussed the rapid deportation of the country's Jewish population: some 800,000 people in total. Rudolf was asked to return to Auschwitz to oversee the extermination programme. In order to vastly increase numbers coming into the camp, train lines were built to bring in Jews from Hungary, now a Nazi occupied state. Between 15 May and 8 July 1944, 136 train loads of Jews were sent to Auschwitz, of which 90 per cent were exterminated upon arrival.
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