Please do not forget that people were murdered in a clinical fashion that had not been seen before. Yet this sort of systematic extermination has been seen since in countries across the world. We think that the holocaust is something distant, something perpetrated by the Germans over 60 years ago. To my mind one of the biggest crimes is that we still have not learnt from this stain on our history and we still allow it to happen.

I don’t think I’d be able to cope with visiting Auschwitz again. I went 15 years ago in the middle of an Interail roam around Europe that I was doing. I was 18, idealistic, optimistic and invincible. In those days I had a stronger constitution for such things and yet it knocked the stuffing out of me. The weather was wet and overcast, it set the scene. Auschwitz leaves its mark on everyone, fortunately nowadays it is only an emotional one. It should not be forgotten that when you have the freedom to walk out of Birkenau that you are doing something that hundreds of thousands were unable to do. The sheer enormity of death can’t compute immediately, your mind tries to protect you, to shield you from it. The trouble with a photographic memory is there is no place to hide.

I’m not going to talk about divisions now, I jsut want to urge that people use this as a unifier.

Look on the picture, those who have been won’t even need to, you never forget this image it stays with you for life. I can not even begin to comprehend what it must be like for those who were incarcerated there.

Never Forget.

Original Comments:

A visitor made this comment,
I got chills just reading this entry. The Holocaust is something I never seem to be able to forget. The enormity of it makes me reel.

comment added :: 27th January 2005, 18:35 GMT+01
MrDan made this comment,
The picture is quite powerful. I saved a copy. It’ll do me good just to notice it every once in a while.

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comment added :: 28th January 2005, 01:54 GMT+01
Diogenes made this comment,
I think it’s important to remember it wasn’t all so clinical – particularly the massacres in the USSR such as Babi Yar.
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comment added :: 28th January 2005, 01:57 GMT+01
Pimme made this comment,
If you stare at the photo long enough, you can almost hear the screams…..scary!
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comment added :: 28th January 2005, 06:07 GMT+01
A visitor made this comment,
A new image will now stay with me. The sight of all those dignified old survivors in all that snow.

comment added :: 28th January 2005, 16:17 GMT+01
A visitor made this comment,
I posted something on my site on this this morning. It is a lesson that somehow humanity has not learned as it keeps on occurring even to this day perhaps on a lesser scale but on a scale nonetheless. We must never forget.

comment added :: 28th January 2005, 19:15 GMT+01