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... by the ‘Butcher of Lyons’ Klaus Altman (or Klaus Barbie), to those turned in by Axis and other nations, whose silent part in rounding up their own Jewish population, and tacit collaboration has never been fully revealed.
Late in 1944, with Allied landings having taken place in Normandie, and the Russians closing in from the East, the camp had finally begun to run it’s course. Such was the magnitude of killings, that the bodies ...
... she old enough to have been one of the hopefulls who had brought pots and pans with them to the camp? I wonder whether she ever owned another suitcase again.
Another building was used as a sleeping quarters. Hundreds of photographs line the walls. Shaven heads in striped uniforms stare down at us defiantly, women from the left, men from the right. I find myself whipping my head from side to side as we walk down the corridors, trying to see if one my family names ...
... List. Entry is free but you can't enter without a guide which you pay for! Figure that one out. To enter the camp you must walk under the famous sign above the main gate "Arbeit Macht Frei" which means "Work makes you Free".
The guided tour was however well worth it. We saw the "death house" where in the basement there were torture cells such as the starvation cell where they starved you ...
... stood for a moment and you actually can. There were 4 crematoriums on this site, with only one remaining in ruins after the Nazi Germans tried to destroy it at the end of the war. It wasn't a particularly cold day (it can get to minus 20 in the winter) so I doubt it was wood fires from surrounding towns. There is also a feeling of peace and calm, it is hard to articulate in words. I will leave this here, as I don't want to go ...
... say that I enjoyed the experience. While Auschwitz and Birkenau are tourist attractions, they are unique in why they attract tourists. It is a sort of homage pilgrimage; a way of paying respect to those who suffered at the hands of such brutal captors. The day is hot, and there are no clouds to give even brief respite from the sun's strength. Somehow this seems wrong. How can the sun shine here? Though the sun is bright and the sky blue, no ray of ...
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