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The 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz (and Auschwitz II-Birkenau and Monowitz camps) today was held on a cold, snowy, windy Tuesday. The slush around the huge camp was frozen into icy slurry when I arrived by bus from Krakow in the early morning, slippery and rough to walk over. It was on this day 70 years ago that Red Army troops ended the torture and murder of the Jews at Auschwitz, and it is this day that Europeans, and most around the world, ...
How do you describe six million dead people and portray the numbers to be what they really were? It's like talking about the $17 trillion U.S. debt. What does that mean, really? How do you wrap your brain around those kinds of numbers?
It’s been my experience that once numbers increase beyond a dozen or so, or maybe a hundred or so, their significance tends to fade into a big number, certainly, but not one with much impact. But in the case of ...
... totaling 3 centers for persecution:
- Auschwitz āforced labor, experiments and torture
- Birkenauā death camp – killing facility primarily for Jewish prisoners
- Monowiceā industrial sub-camp where inmates did factory work to aid the German war effort
Approximately 1.1 million people – primarily Jews, but also including ...
... 2 (or Birkenau). There is nothing easy or comfortable about this experience, but I truly think it was an experience I would not trade. You can watch every movie and see photos, but it is nothing in comparison to seeing the conditions that people were really kept it. We had an excellent tour guide (we both agreed the best we have ever had) named Dorota, who has been giving tours at Auschwitz for 20 years. She was incrediblty knowledgable ...
... a room underneath the ground and would be away from the view of the other prisoners who were waiting for their own “shower”. As soon as the last person was in, the doors would be shut and cyanide crystals would be dropped. If the screaming became too loud then a tractor would be roared into life so others would not hear what was happening. After fifteen minutes, the doors on the opposite end, away from the other waiting prisoners would be opened, the now ...