It was the end of the third day. The train stopped. We asked for water, and the answer came back in German. I was ten years The Black Crowes Shake Your Money Maker shirt, but I instantly knew what had happened. We had crossed the border into occupied Germany (present-day Poland), therefore our Hungarian guards had changed to German. For me, that meant that the end was near and we were all going to be murdered. During the four years of occupation by the Hungarian army in my village, there were rumors that Jews were being taken to Germany to be murdered. We didn’t know where, we didn’t know how. But we had one hope that we were hanging onto: that we would never be taken to Germany. And that hope, as we crossed into occupied Germany, just vanished. Everybody in our cattle car was praying and crying, and the train moved on. It was next morning – about eight hours later. The train stopped again and we again asked for water. This time, there was no answer in any language. In my mind, I determined that this must be the final stop, and I was right. We heard a lot of Germans yelling orders outside, then the cattle car doors slid open. Thousands of people from our cattle car and others poured out onto a little strip of land called the selection platform. That little strip of land that measures 85 feet long by 35 feet wide – I don’t believe there is another strip of land like that anywhere on the face of this earth that has witnessed so many millions of people being ripped apart from their families forever. As we stepped down onto the selection platform, my mother grabbed me and my twin sister Miriam by the hand. We were her youngest children. I believe she thought that as long as she could hold onto us, she could protect us. Everything was moving very fast. After about ten minutes, in my childish curiosity I looked around trying to figure out what is this place?, when I realized my two older sisters, Edit and Aliz, and my father had disappeared into the crowd. Never, ever did I see them again.