There was a pile of corpses in the gas chamber of Crematorium I. The Sonderkommando had begun to pull them down. The whirr of the lift and the sound of its slamming door reached my room. Work was proceeding at full pace. The gas chamber had to be emptied immediately, for another transport was due to arrive.
Suddenly the Vorarbeiter of the Gaskommando burst into my room and excitedly informed me that in among the corpses they had found a woman who was still alive. I grabbed my medical bag, which was always kept close at hand, and rushed downstairs to the gas chamber.