The last time Mrs. Schachter screams there is a fire, what do the others in the car see and smell? how does the grim confirmation of her visions speak to the theme of madness?
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As the train pulls into the camp, everyone suddenly sees the flames and chimney that Madame Schaechter had prophesied. When her vision finally materializes, Madame Schaechter becomes silent. Everyone is forced to get out of the train, amidst the smell of burning flesh. They are at Birkenau, the reception center for Auschwitz. While the people in the cattle car thought Madame Schaechter was crazy, they now see she was right: they see an even greater madness of humanity in the smoke filled sky and the stench of burning flesh.