What did the prisoners have to do when they heard "selection" and what was the process?

The book night, chapter 6

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In chapter six, selection is called. Those deemed healthy are kept and those deemed worthless are sent to the crematory. On the third day there is a selection, and although Eliezer's father is sent to the crematory group, Eliezer creates a disturbance so that he manages to sneak back into the other group. The prisoners wait standing for a train in the middle of a snow-covered field, and because they are deprived of water and forbidden from bending over, they begin eating snow from each other's backs using spoons. The SS officers simply laugh. Finally, a train arrives, and they are loaded in, a hundred per car.