Remembering Auschwitz

Today is the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz…

I was struck by the pictures I saw today on the news websites. How incredibly saddening it is to think such a place existed, that such atrocities could be within human capacity…

I had gone to see Auschwitz and Birkenau a couple of years back when I was staying in Krakow; seeing the images today and reading the stories reminded me of that visit, of walking through those camps, imagining what those people experienced. I think really only being there can one even begin to understand the weight of it…

A very intense story of a survivor from Auschwitz

2 thoughts on “Remembering Auschwitz”

  1. Do you know the title of the music being sung solo by a male voice, in the Auschwitz barracks that housed a Jewish memorial exhibition please?
    I visited also a few years ago and spent a week walking the area trying to get used to the horrific place, especially Birkenau. I wonder why the Jewish nation hasn’t bought the land of Auschwitz and Birkenau for a permanent memorial, instead of letting it slowly fade away?

  2. Sorry to say that I don’t know the title of the music and don’t recall hearing any when I went, though I was with a small group and remember myself mostly consumed with what I was looking at.

    As for the two places, I think that beyond it being a Jewish tragedy that it was also a Polish one (amongst others), and I found that the Poles had done a good job of preserving the history of the places. (I was told that every Pole goes to Auschwitz and Birkenau in school.) I also know that many Jews visit to see that history, so I don’t know what more could be done in terms of a memorial.

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