Fear not your enemies, for they can only kill you.
Fear not your friends, for they can only betray you.
Fear only the indifferent, who permit the killers and
betrayers to walk safely on earth.
- Edward Yashinski, Yiddish poet who survived the Shoah only to die in a Communist prison in Poland.
[Note: The painting is based on a photograph taken by SS-Hauptscharführer Bernhardt Walter, head of the Auschwitz photographic laboratory and his assistant, SS-Unterscharführer Ernst Hofmann. The photograph of a Jewish woman walking towards the gas chamber with three young children after selection on the ramp at Auschwitz-Birkenau is one of 193 photographs that are part of what is known as the "Auschwitz Album." The album documents the arrival, selection and processing of one or more transports of Jews in May 1944. The photos were uncovered by Auschwitz survivor Lili Jacob.]