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The Boxcar Horrors
Transcript of The Boxcar Horrors
Why Did They Choose Boxcar Trains?
It was simple to Hitler that the large amount of jews captured could not be transferred by a single trucks and it would be more economical to move them in larger groups in the boxcars. He wanted them to feel that they were worthless and transporting them this way did that. But just for people to die on THE WAY TO THE DEATH CAMPS makes no sense at all. It is a wast of resources.
What are the Horrors of Being in the Boxcar?
There were many components linked to the “boxcar horrors”. It all began with complete darkness. Inside the car all the riders can do is smell, hear and taste. Long travel with no food led to starvation on the week long treks to wherever the boxcars were headed. The horrible unsanitary conditions caused disease and more death. Many victims died of suffocation. Lastly was listening to the despair of the riders and although there was some chanting of hope it was mostly dead silent and the jews were trapped with their own thoughts. Lastly was the horrid smell of human waste, as there was no way to get it out of the car and it became worse over many days.
Other Boxcar Facts:
The boxcars were manufactured in the Vorm Schumann factory in Germany in 1919. The cars were made of wood and imported steel from Belgium. The steps at each door of the boxcar are original to the manufacture date of the car. There was a hook and latch system for connecting the boxcars and there were two bumpers at each end of the car which were used as shock absorbers. There was also a wire flap near the door of the boxcar where they attached a sheet of paper which listed information such as where the boxcar was leaving from and headed to, who sent the car and what person was receiving it, and how many passengers were in it and the weight of the car.
This is a simulation of what it would be like in the boxcar. We used model trains to simulate what it would be like being a victimized jew in the holocaust.
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What The Travel is Like
This all depends on where the final destination was; the journey could last a day or it could last weeks to get to a distant location. It took a strong person mentally and physically to survive. You might survive the boxcar but your friend or relative next to you might not. As you can see on the map, there are many places the trains could have traveled to across the middle east.
The Deaths in Boxcars
Some people reported the deaths in the boxcars. For example on one account by Waffen SS Ofc. Kurt Gerstein says he witnessed “The arrival of 45 wagons with 6700 people of whom 1450 were already dead on arrival”. This was only on one account but imagine the total deaths of jews traveling in boxcars
These are all of the train stops
Quotes From Surivors:
Jack , 15years old from Greece:
"There were70-80 people in car. The whistle blew and the train moved slowly. Penned in and cramped, we departed from our homeland without ever being able to see it"
David, age 13 from Poland:
"There was no room to sit. In order to make room we were forced to stand with our hands above our heads....the doors slammed shut. A water bucket was tossed into the car to use as a disposal for human waste"