I hope K will not be offended if I copy part of a comment that has suddenly came to surface from deep inside him. Myself have thought out this problem while still a child (before my Bar Mitzvah) but arrived to the opposite conclusion of his, and put the problem in the back of my mind where it has been for fifty years or so. K writes:
The prophetic words of the Wannsee Protocol have always echoed in my mind. The plan for the final solution was laid out - the able bodied will be taken for hard labor on roads, etc. where most will die of natural causes (i.e. be worked to death). But, the Germans understood, those that, like my father, refused to die would be the ones who threatened their plan the most:Eichmann, who wrote (but did not sign) the meeting's protocol, wrote like the concientious Austrian K-und-K low rank bureaucrat he was. Eichmann's genius was in perceiving that the efficient extermination of the Jews was an issue of coordination of bureaucracies (almost a logistic problem). The Jews had been mass exterminated before Eichmann was employed, as about 2 - 3 million Jews in ByeloRussia had already been killed by shooting, and the Polish ghettoes had been liquidated gradually. But Eichman did it vith no application of violence. Eichman did believe what the protocol says, because later in his life he wrote that Israel is the most terrible catastrophe that could happen to humanity. To him personally sure it was the worst of all possible catastrophies. It reminds me to the joke that an ant crossing a stream on a leaf starts to sink. He cries out: "The world is ending!". The elephant from the side says: "No, only an ant is sinking!" In this case, it was only a catastrophe for mini-Adolph. The big Adolph had killed himself before.
Der allfällig endlich verbleibende Restbestand wird, da es sich bei diesem zweifellos um den widerstandsfähigsten Teil handelt, entsprechend behandelt werden müssen, da dieser, eine natürliche Auslese darstellend, bei Freilassung als Keimzelle eines neuen jüdischen Aufbaues anzusprechen ist. (Siehe die Erfahrung der Geschichte.)
" The possible final remnant will, since it will undoubtedly consist of the most resistant portion, have to be treated accordingly [i.e. exterminated], because it is the product of natural selection and would, if released, act as a the seed of a new Jewish revival (see the experience of history.)"
"Den widerstandsfähigsten Teil" -That's what I am - and what my children are - the most resistant part...".
My mother always thought that the best and the brightest did not come back from Auschwitz and never thought herself special at all. She thought that Icig her younger brother and the adored boy in her family of many girls, was the very best - and he was killed on arrival. The first selection on arrival to Auschwitz was done by Dr Joseph Mengele himself, and he sent the pallid yeshivebocher of my uncle with his blond payes, to the the other side. The boys of the family (Shloyme, Moyshi) confronted Mengele and tried to take Icig come with them, but he was not tall (there was some kind of measuring) nor robust looking enough and an hour later he was dead. Conclusion: no darwinian selection of the fittest, but being in the right place at the right time. Good luck and good health. That's all.