Gigliotti - Chapter 06
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The Failed Resettlement
revelation of resettlement as death and the erasure of the victims'
biography was the final scene of arrival for deportees who were
transported to concentration camps. The perceptual destabilizations
that occurred during the train journey, particularly the minimized
opportunities for reliable visual truths, were partially restored on
arrival. But arrival did not necessarily mean that what was visually
seen could be comprehended or made tellable.
The sensory assaults of deportation train journeys were not reversed
upon release from the trains at the camps. Rather they were relocated
and reconstituted according to specific locations and places of chaos,
separation, and death: the platform, the sorting area, and the gas