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The presence and treatment of Madame Schachter is probably one of the most haunting images in the narrative. When Madame Schachter screams about fire and its presence all around the victims, most of the people in the railroad car try to silence her with force and through shunning her. Yet, with the arrival into Birkenau, there is much to prove her right, when it is too late. The chimneys would be one element of fire that proves her right. The crematoriums would be another. While standing in line, Eliezer's father holds his son's hand and tells him, "Remember what Madame Schachter said." This helps to bring to light how the lines of people were standing in order to be gassed or burned, confirmation that the fire about which Madame Schachter was screaming was sadly accurate.
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