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When Elie and his father are marched into Auschwitz he learns of the crematoriums and what their fate is to be. He sees a large burning pit. Within the pit are burning bodies. He sees people throwing babies and small children into the fire. Elie writes:
"Not far from us, flames, huge flames, were rising from a ditch. Something was being burned there. A truck drew close and unloaded its hold: small children. Babies! Yes, I did see this, with my own eyes... children thrown into the flames... I pinched myself: was I still alive? Was I awake? How was it possible that men, women, and children were being burned and the world kept silent? No. All this could not be true."
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