One of my closest friends here in Los Angeles is a Holocaust survivor named Sol. As a teenager he saw his mother and baby sister sent to the crematoria by Josef Mengele. Over eighty members of Sol’s family were murdered by the Nazis.
Sol and his brother Steve were sent on a death march in which thousands of Jews died of starvation and exhaustion. Those Jews who stopped to rest or go to the bathroom were bayoneted or shot by the German guards.
At one point Steve told Sol that he was unable to go on. He just wanted to die.