Studio portrait of a young Jewish girl, Eva Nemova, shortly before her deportation
in November, 1941, from Prague.
Eva Nemova was born in 1937 and she later perished in Theresienstadt or Auschwitz.
The SS officer Kurt Gerstein witnessed the gassing of the Jews and later
wrote down his evidence of the extermination:
asked him what was going to happen and he answered: 'The men will have to
work, build houses and streets. The women won't have to do that, they will
be busy with the housework and the kitchen.'
This was the last hope for some of these poor people, enough to make them
march toward the death chambers without resistance. The majority knew
everything; the smell betrayed it!
They climbed a little wooden stairs and entered the death chambers, most
of them silently, pushed by those behind them. A Jewess of about forty
with eyes like fire cursed the murderers; she disappeared into the gas
chambers after being struck several times by Captain Wirth's whip.
Many prayed; others asked" 'Who will give us the water before we
die?' [A Jewish rite] SS men pushed the men into the chambers. 'Fill it
up,' Wirth ordered; 700-800 people ... The doors closed."