S: The Life and Death of Mme Schacter
FC: The Life and Death of Madame Schacter
1: Madame Rachel Schacter was the youngest daughter in the Silberstein family
2: Rachel's younger years were happy ones
3: In Sighet, Rachel met her husband, Abraham Schacter. He was a devoutly religious man | Rachel lived a very traditional life. She lived with her parents while she was educated.
4: Rachel and Abraham married June 16,1922
5: The Schacters had two sons. Benyamin Joel was born January 12, 1922 and Emmanuel Isaiah was born May 29, 1932
6: Life in Sighet was good until the SS came in the early spring of 1944. After that came the ghettos, the yellow stars, and the terror.
8: The deportation began as the people of Sighet were loaded onto trains. Cattle cars were used instead of passenger cars. | No one knew their destination. They were told that they were being deported for labor purposes.
10: Each car carried 80 people. They were so tightly packed that no one could sit. It was extremely hot, there were few windows, and very little water. People began to die in the tight quarters. This went on for many days. Throughout this time, they still had no idea where they were going. | As the days went on, Mme Schacter began to lose her mind. The separation from her husband and Benyamin, who left on an earlier convoy, caused her great anxiety. Emmanuel tried to calm her down, but she was becoming hysterical.
12: ~During the long ride, Mme. Schacter kept screaming, "Fire! Fire!" She scared everyone in her car with these screams. When the train reached Auschwitz, flames were awaiting the Jews.
14: Auschwitz: The race to death began the moment that the trains stopped. Everyone left Madame and Emmanuel in the car alone.
16: Madame Schacter and Emmanuel were separated from those people who were able to work. They were told to get udressed for the showers. | Grandfather
18: They were marched to gas chambers that had been disguised as showers. As they waited together, an SS soldier sprinkled Zyklon B into a pipe in the roof. It took approximately 15 minutes for them to die. Other prisoners removed their bodies.
19: Their bodies were taken to either the crematory or one of the many pits that were being used to burn the bodies.
20: The Germens kept their belongings. They considered them to be the by-products of "the Final Solution."
21: These by-products included hair, gold teeth, shoes, luggage,and eyeglasses. | This was all that remained of Madame Schacter and her son, Emmanuel.
22: The remains of Rachel and Emmanuel Schacter rest here in Auschwitz in an unmarked grave. May they find eternal peace.