One line here, one line there. This was the daily reality of the prisoners of Auschwitz. The prisoners were nothing but names on a sheet destined to go where it was most convenient for the SS. The administrators of Auschwitz constantly made varying distinctions among the prisoners. As Levi depicts in this excerpt,”Besides these, certain Blocks are reserved for specific purposes. First of all, a group of eight, at the extreme eastern end of the camp, forms the infirmary and the clinic; then there is Block 24 which is the Krätzeblock, reserved for infectious skin-diseases; Block 7 which no ordinary Haftling has ever entered, reserved for the ‘Prominenz’…” (Levi, 32) and he goes on to explain all the Blocks and their significance. This is just one example of how the administrators were able to simply completely separate the prisoners. The significance of these actions, in my opinion, was to pit the prisoners against each other so that way they would never be able to make alliances and eventually try to riot and take over. Without alliances, each prisoner had to learn to fend for themselves. Levi continuously describes instances where if a prisoner was to shower or sleep they would need to find a way to keep their possessions on them so they would not be stolen. Auschwitz was all about survival, and with no allies each prisoner had to do what they could to live, which included stealing. Theft was a daily occurrence in the camps and was sometimes absolutely crucial. In some blocks the prisoners were treated differently. Take for example within the infirmary, the prisoners did not have to work which could create dissent among other prisoners. The lack of friendship and any type of coalition I think made it easier for the guards to keep the prisoners in line because there was never a chance of an uprising. It was to each his own. Prisoner against prisoner. Prisoner against guard.