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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 ...
... spared no punches at not only providing us with insight into the conditions at the concentration camp, the methodical system of murdering people, and the sheer amount of humanity that was lost in the one small area...more than 1 million people over the course of 5 years. I appreciated that she not only shared the history, but also tried to really impress on people that we have to understand what happened to prevent these atrocities ...
... prisoners were forced to use the toilet at the same time. We saw the gas chamber and crematorium that the SS men attempted to blow up and destroy when the Allies were on their way to liberate the camp.
A very touching moment on the tour happened at Birkenau. In the back there is a large memorial sculpture to the victims. At this memorial there was a large group of visitors from Israel. They gathered around the memorial and the Rabbi or ...