I’m watching Shoah again. Haven’t seen it since it aired on PBS in 1986 or so. Just as shattering as I remember.
From « Shoah Film Handouts »:
‘Henrik Gawkowski (Malkinia) — heard the screams coming from the cars behind his locomotive. It was distressing to him since he knew the people behind him were human, like him. He was paid with liquor, and drank every drop he could get: it was the only way to stand the stench when he got to the camp. … Told of foreign Jews who rode in passenger cars to the camp, and one instance when a foreign Jew left the train to buy something at the bar, and as the train pulled out this man ran to catch up to it.