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So…I am late on yet another blog…But this time with good reason.
I really didn’t know how to write this one. I have stalled and stalled - and we have been doing so much since, that I wanted to share - but I couldn’t/didn’t/wouldn̵ 7;t skip over this part of our trip. But at the same time - I couldn’t/didn’t know how to write it.
Well…lets get this first part out of the way…
... that it is now our generation’s responsibility to see that the Shoah never happens again.
The press corps has a set of jobs to do, and that includes trying to interview survivors, who were the heroes today. But it was strange to see the photographers and video cameramen descend on the survivors, aged but still vigorous, as they entered the gigantic tent.
At 3:30 PM or so the ceremony itself began. In many ways, it was much like ...
... and concrete. After the gassing was complete, the corpses were then winched up to the ground floor, in much the same fashion as we saw at Buchenwald, where they were cremated in a fearsome array of crematorium ovens. Nothing remains of the crematorium, but if you look carefully, you can see the rails which swept the dead into their own cosy oven, such as we have seen pretty well everywhere. Ironically, I think Auschwitz is the only KZ where the ovens are not intact.
... the footsteps of the reality that was the holocaust, understand what happened there, grieve in a small but important way for those millions of people from 21 different nations who had to endure such a hideous turn of events in their lives, and know that the hands of evil, no matter how atrocious, are always met with the good, strong, kind hands of our better nature. As we walked the same paths and stepped in and out of the same buildings as those who ...
... I was pretty prepared for what lay ahead of us. There is something that makes you very thoughtful when you are there, you imagine what it would be like if that had been you or your family. We have all heard the horror stories and seen the pictures, but when you are where it really happened, you look into the eyes of the people in those pictures and you can see them as real people. We saw the rooms stacked up high with ...