“That’s the last I ever saw my mother,” she said.
Blum was next in line to enter when the door closed and she heard a large “boom,” which was the lock on the door closing.
Blum begged and begged to enter the room, but was pulled aside by a man who told her she was one of 200 people out of the 7,000 that were “chosen for work.”
Blum found out the man who stopped her from entering was Josef Mengele, who was known for selecting who went into the gas chambers and for his experiments on Jewish prisoners.
Blum would later come to realize she had been in line to enter the crematorium, where those deemed unfit were killed.
There was a hospital in Auschwitz, but Blum was told to be wary of seeking medical attention.
“When you’re sick, you’re not sick,” she was told by an older woman the first night she arrived.
“When it [the hospital] got full they would take the overflow to the crematorium,” she said.
After four weeks at the camp, Blum developed hepatitis A due to the unsanitary conditions they were living in.
Blum attempted to hide it, but said the itching became unbearable, so she went to the hospital.
One night, while on the third floor of the hospital, Blum said she started hearing loud noises.
“I was on the third floor,” she said, adding the Nazi soldiers were clearing out everyone and taking them away. “The first floor went out, the second went out. Then it came to my turn to come out.”
Blum was holding a pair of wooden shoes, but told herself she would not need them where she was going.
“As I looked at my shoes I said ‘you are going to death, you don’t need them,’” she said.