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Transportation was brutal and often unbearable, hundreds died during these journeys. Many didn't even have time to say goodbye before they were herded into trucks or on trains and taken away.
On arrival at Rothau train station they were dragged out of the cattle cars and whipped, kicked, and beaten with truncheons and rifle butts by the laughing S.S. guards and by the Kapos, then force marched the many miles up the mountain road, as dogs tore at their flesh to speed them up. As they neared the camp they surely realised this was a death camp.
They were constantly degradated as prisoners, this was to dehumanise them by treating them as sub-humans, fit only to work and die.
Constant degradation of prisoners
Where were their loved ones, what had happened to them?
The majority of the deportees who were arriving from all over Europe to this living hell, were processed, numbered and forced to wear external signs of recognition, and given the infamous striped prison garb, that was generally used in all of the camps. Each prisoner had a different coloured triangle stitched to their uniform on the left side of the chest denoting the category of their "crime".

Yellow -
Jews
Green -
Criminals
Purple -
Jehovah's Witnesses
Red -
Political Deportees
Pink -
Homosexuals
Black -
Anti-socials
"Nacht und Nebel" (night and fog)
" Nacht und Nebel" prison uniforms.
There were many other coloured triangles worn as well. But there were those whose uniform was designated with the initials N.N. It was Hitler's notorious decree of 1941 against these "Enemies of the Reich" that any methods of torture could be used upon them. The German term for these prisoners was "Nacht und Nebel" (night and fog) This was the category that belonged to the French Partisans, and other Resistance Groups, and S.O.E. captives, their treatment was the most severe, no mercy at all was to be shown in any way, to them.
It meant that there was no hope at all for these who had defiantly opposed the Nazi regime, in their deliberate acts of sabotage and violent opposition, their awaited fate would certainly be, a cruel and sadistic death.
When the women from S.O.E. arrived in Struthof in early July, their impression must have been absolute fear and dread, knowing that
as S.O.E. Agents they would be treated very differently from the other camp inmates, they were to have no rights at all, or any legal existence, they were not permitted to send or receive any packages or letters. Their names were recorded in pencil in the camp register, so that it could be erased at a moments notice, so that no memory of them was ever to be found.
Their destiny was in the hands of the S.S. interrogators, who took great delight in inflicting the most sadistic torture on these defenceless S.O.E. Agents and Partisans.
The treatment was most severe and  cruel.
 
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