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Auschwitz 70th Anniversary: Survivors Mark Camp Liberation

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About 300 Auschwitz survivors have gathered at the site of the former Nazi death camp to mark the 70th anniversary of its liberation.


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Animae C (507)
Tuesday January 27, 2015, 5:03 am

The semiquaver chugging of the train on the track
And the people on board who will never go back
And the terror in the eyes of all the young ones to go
With no one knowing as the train comes to slow

Those men at the station as the ramps drop down
Where humanity lost is the only crippled sound
Hope gone for those who stand behind the hard sharp wire
And the smoke in the towers rises just a little higher

And the blue ink stabs a little harder in the skin
Above the veins of despair where murder let it in
And the terror in the eyes of all those about to leave
Another train on the track no last minute reprieve

And the slow, cro...chet chugging of the train on the track;
And the people on board. Who will ne...ver go


By Charles N Whittaker

David C (108)
Tuesday January 27, 2015, 5:16 am
thank you.
never again should humanity allow this against any group.............

Winn Adams (179)
Tuesday January 27, 2015, 6:27 am
I saw this on TV and it reminded me of when I was in 9th grade. It got warm in the class room and my teacher rolled up his shirt sleeves and I saw the tattoo from the concentration camp on his arm. It brought it full force to my consciousness. I have never forgotten that moment and none of us should ever forget what happened all those years ago. I celebrate those who survived and pray for all the lives lost. War is Never the answer.

Carla van der Meer (648)
Tuesday January 27, 2015, 8:00 am
Thanks Cal. My family lived throught the gGerman occupation of Holland and witnessed untold horrors, including family members disappearing forever. I thank you for posting this so those who deny that this happened will be faced with ugly truth. Thanks again, Csl. Peace.

. (0)
Tuesday January 27, 2015, 9:31 am
I saw this on the news. Seventy years of pain and memories.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday January 27, 2015, 10:19 am
I saw this on the news too.

Jeannet Bertelink (74)
Tuesday January 27, 2015, 11:09 am
So horrible........

Glenville J Owen (0)
Tuesday January 27, 2015, 2:05 pm
Thank you for posting this lesson from history, Cal.

Jeff Creech (64)
Tuesday January 27, 2015, 2:21 pm
This was the most horrific time in the history of the world. The generations must always remember and these human atrocities must be taught in schools and broadcast to the world from generation to generation. Somehow humanity must overcome the deep seeded hatred toward culture and racial differences and strive for peace throughout the planet.

Roslyn McBride (32)
Tuesday January 27, 2015, 3:03 pm
Noted - this, and today's survivors, need to be treated with great respect - "less we forget".

Walter F (129)
Tuesday January 27, 2015, 3:27 pm
Thanks Cal again, ,"lest we forget ,Judge of the nations spare us yet,lest we forget,lest we forget."

linda b (186)
Tuesday January 27, 2015, 3:37 pm
A few years back I took my mum to Poland to visit The Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum and to pay our respects to all that suffered and perished at the hands of evil. I have to say it was the most upsetting and heart breaking sight I've ever seen., the Holocost is a part of history that never should be forgotten. Many blessings to all that survived. Thanks Cal.

Sarah Dyson (139)
Tuesday January 27, 2015, 4:15 pm
You go!!! William. Where is Darren??? He always has something to say. This was so horrific. I watched a documentary on it last night. A child survivor. How horrible. Using their paper money for toilet paper. How could it be to live after such death, demoralization, etc.

Kate Kenner (215)
Tuesday January 27, 2015, 4:41 pm
And to think there are those who still think it was all made up. Who would go to such lengths to make up such a horrific story/past? My grandmother would never buy anything German after the war and I did not get that for years. My father used to say "sox million Jews died" and nothing else. It was not for many years that would understand what really happened. I see things like the Holocaust and being an animal person I ask 'and people are afraid of pit bulls'? there are humans committing atrocities like the Holocaust, there is ISIS, and Boko Haram to name a few and yet people are afraid of pit bulls. We are a dangerous and cruel species not only to animals but to other humans. We really are not all that smart if these are the things that people do over and over.
Being liberated from Auschwitz and other camps must have been like being rescued from hell.

pam w (139)
Tuesday January 27, 2015, 4:55 pm
William Moorman joins those who deny the truth.....our President is NOT a Muslim. But, if you prefer to believe that, many unicorns have you seen today? Fairies? Do you wear a tin-foil hat?

Freya H (345)
Tuesday January 27, 2015, 6:26 pm
The most sickening aspect of the Holocaust is there are people walking on this planet who - if they were in the right (er, make that wrong) position, and had the support for it, would do exactly the same. And not necessarily to Jews - the victims of the next Holocaust could be anybody. Catholics, Muslims (Sunni, Shi'ite or both), one or more variety of Protestants, Hindus, Buddhists, atheists, humanists, pagans, white people, black people, LGBT, intellectuals - there is not a person on this planet who isn't on at least one s--t list.

Barbara P (177)
Tuesday January 27, 2015, 8:21 pm
Thank you very much, Ben because I never forget that I saw that movie when I was in high school. It was very very good history of the Holocaust and Jewish people in Germany. I was very very sad because I thought over and over about the Jews and Holocaust. Thank you again, Ben!

Sheryl G (360)
Tuesday January 27, 2015, 9:04 pm
I believe it is tomorrow night CNN is going to have a special on as well. It is amazing anyone survive when you read all of the horrors that were inflicted.

Shawna S (45)
Tuesday January 27, 2015, 9:09 pm
To God I hope and pray we never see such atrocities again.

Karen A (5)
Wednesday January 28, 2015, 1:24 am
William Moorman, that was an asinine stupid and even insane thing to post here!

Of all the comments on this nightmare, this atrocity - did you share something meaningful, or perhaps an experience or feeling even about the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Aushwitz?
If you don't like the president, it is irrelevant! I can agree he hasn't done half of what we expected, but I'm sick and tired of jerks spouting that garbage that he's a Muslim! There was a terrible fire in the Bronx and some complained that then Mayor Bloomberg was in Israel and should've come back to NYC for the family whose house burned down! No, he did not need to cancel his trip and whether Obama was in Germany for this anniversary never entered my mind!
I'm sick of blithering fools like you repeating nonsense - why don't you go do some volunteer work with disadvantaged youth, or with disabled people? Better yet get a job doing so, so you can earn very little money
for all your efforts and be told you can't help by giving $5 to an elderly person with no food- maybe you'll learn humility.

Darren Woolsey (218)
Wednesday January 28, 2015, 1:52 am
The main vital message to remember when commemorating ANY war OR atrocity, is that humanity should NEVER indulge in wars or atrocities again.

That's what gets missed every time.

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Wednesday January 28, 2015, 5:45 am
Bravo, Gregg G!

Free speech is one thing -- slander & calumny another. I, too, am sick & tired of ignorant bigots parading their distortions, perversions & smears on the threads of this 'progressive' community site. Try to open your mind & get wise! I like to think that everyone is capable of reform and redemption, but it takes a lot of motivation to achieve it &............ in some cases, for me to believe it.


Rhonda B (99)
Wednesday January 28, 2015, 6:22 am
Thank you Cal! Horrible!

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Wednesday January 28, 2015, 6:44 am
Very moving first video; a shame it's so short.

Idem 2nd video - Roman Kent is very moving, & so right, too.

I've been on quite a few different sites to listen to the Auschwitz survivors who spoke at this ceremony.
I've read that there are fewer than 300 survivors left for this 70th anniversary, so we won't get to hear them again. They have lessons for all of us & listening to them we can try to approach as best we can the unspeakable that was their daily living experience.

Also very, very moving: El Male Rahamim (Hymn To The Victims Of Auschwitz), historic recording by Auschwitz survivor Shlomo Katz, whose life was saved by his singing of it in Auschwitz: "Before Katz (a Jew of Romanian origin) was to be executed in Auschwitz in 1941, he asked for permission to sing the hymn "El male rahamim" (God full of compassion). Deeply moved by the magnificence, emotional depth and intensity of the music, the Nazi officer on duty allowed Shlomo Katz to escape. In 1950 Katz recorded the song as a lasting testament and hymn to the victims of Auschwitz. Exuding a moving sense of tragedy and grace in itself, the piece becomes a devastating musical document in the knowledge of its history," so writes the music critic in his review of "Jerusalem, City of Two Peaces", a double album exploring Jerusalem's musical traditions from various epochs (the Jewish, the Christian, the Arabic and the Ottoman eras) by Jordi Savall & Montserrat Figueras, who chose to include the dramatic musical document, El Male Rahamim, on their album in homage to Katz & to Auschwitz victims/survivors.

Close your eyes & listen. He sings the name Auschwitz.

Melania Padilla (123)
Wednesday January 28, 2015, 9:06 am

Past Member (0)
Wednesday January 28, 2015, 10:39 am
I remember "visiting" a camp years ago. People thought my parents were terrible for exposing children to this, but they thought it was important that we know, that we see. Thank you, Mother and Dad.

Panchali Yapa Yapa (26)
Wednesday January 28, 2015, 11:30 am
Thank you

pam w (139)
Wednesday January 28, 2015, 12:25 pm
I'm actually surprised that nobody has come here to deny the holocaust! We know they're out there....stupid, blind, religiously-fueled hatred....

Jane H (139)
Wednesday January 28, 2015, 2:39 pm
I , too have visited Auschwitz and Birkenau was unforgettable. I remember not only the Jews, but the Poles, gypsies, the political prisoners, the gays who were also imprisoned there.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday January 28, 2015, 3:37 pm

Thank you so much to all the Care2 members who posted such wonderful comments concerning this terrible, horrific tragedy. Sending lots of love to all the families and survivors.....and may God bless you all! We should never forget and agree with so many wonderful comments, Darren's too, and ....Lest we forget is true! There but for the grace of god...go we. Spread love please.....never hatred! We are all one! Heal the planet and each other as well as all of the world's life please! Pay it forward and help all those people suffering please! Thank You!

Dan(iel) M (25)
Wednesday January 28, 2015, 4:18 pm
Thanks for posting! We must never forget so it can never be repeated.

Sandra Ferri (114)
Wednesday January 28, 2015, 10:56 pm
This was the biggest horror in the history of humans.
Thanks for sharing Cal xoxo

Past Member (0)
Thursday January 29, 2015, 4:37 am
Thank you

Ana Lopes (92)
Thursday January 29, 2015, 6:09 am

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Thursday January 29, 2015, 4:34 pm
This week, because of the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, different channels here in France have shown documentaries about the Shoah, the concentration, work & extermination camps, particularly Auschwitz (which was all three), the German occupation in France, etc. One channel showed "The Shoah," French-Jewish filmmaker Claude Lanzmann in installments over 4 evenings, since it's nine and a half hours long. I'd already seen it when it came out in 1985 and it's just as devastating the 2nd or 3rd time around. I watched three out of 4 & just saw the last segment this evening. The film exerts a kind of fascination & it draws you in (in does me anyway) - I was mesmerized & couldn't detach myself from it for the whole duration.
I then discovered that it's been posted on YouTube, in 2 4-hour chunks, & I thought that I should spread the word so others can benefit from it.

Although it is considered to be the foremost documentary film on the Holocaust, there are no film archives, no historical footage of camps or victims, in it: Lanzmann uses only first-person testimony from Jewish, Polish, and German individuals, in interviews he conducts, and the images are of the person speaking and/or contemporary footage of several Holocaust-related sites. The Jews, whether Polish, Greek, Hungarian or Czech, are all survivors of camps, who describe in great detail what they experienced & what their camp jobs were; one German was in charge of a camp, while another was second in command of the Warsaw ghetto.

This is one of Lanzmann's rare films & the only one that has become really famous. (Otherwise, he's the editor of a literary/political/philosophical magazine originally founded by Jean-Paul Sartre in 1945) Lanzmann succeeding in getting Polish resistance fighter Jan Karski to bear witness in the film. At the start of his interview, Karski breaks into tears & runs out of the room. But he collects himself & returns, to give precious testimony on the Warsaw Ghetto & also on how the Polish Resistance refused the SOS for arms from Jews in the Ghetto who wanted to revolt against the deportations & go down fighting, rather than letting themselves be submissively shipped to Treblinka. Most of the Ghetto had already been evacuated by this time, the Nazis saying it was a plan for 'resettlement to the East', but once the truth became known the Jewish resistance decided to fight. Approximately 254,000 - 300,000 Ghetto residents were murdered at Treblinka, during the two-month evacuation/deportation operation. Adam Czerniaków, the leader of the Ghetto Jewish Council, 'Judenrat,' committed suicide once he became aware that the objective of the deportations was actually extermination. Czerniakow kept a journal (diary) --from Sept 1939 until his death in July 1942-- which survived the war; and Raul Hilberg, the famous American Holocaust historian, whose work has involved studying Czerniakow's diary, appears in 'Shoah,' discussing it with Lanzmann.

"Shoah," Part 1 (4 hrs 38 min)
"Shoah," Part 2 (4 hrs 57 min)

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Thursday January 29, 2015, 4:52 pm
For a long time, Lanzmann tells me, he resisted going to Poland. "Why would I want to? What would I see?" Instead, he toured the world interviewing Holocaust survivors for his film, pushing them hard to recall their experiences. Interviewees such as Abraham Bomba, whom Lanzmann filmed cutting hair in his Tel Aviv salon. As Bomba worked, he told Lanzmann how he was forced to cut women's hair at Treblinka just before they were gassed.

At one point in the interview, Bomba recalled how a fellow barber was working when his wife and sister came into the gas chamber. Bomba broke down and pleaded with Lanzmann that he be allowed to stop telling the story. Lanzmann said: "You have to do it. I know it's very hard." This was his principal method on Shoah: to incarnate the truth of what happened through survivors' testimonies, even at the cost of reopening old wounds.

With testimonies such as these, Lanzmann initially thought, he needn't go to the scene of the crimes – to death camps such as Treblinka, Belzec, Sobibor or Auschwitz-Birkenau. But, four years into his work on Shoah, Lanzmann changed his mind. "Finally, I realised I was meeting people, but couldn't understand what they were telling me. I had to go there. I arrived in Poland loaded like a bomb with knowledge. But the fuse was missing – Poland was the fuse."

What astounded him when he arrived in villages near the death camps was that life carried on regardless – as though the tragedy of the Holocaust had been erased. "When I saw the village of Treblinka still existed, that people who were witnesses to everything still existed, that there was a normal train station, the bomb that I was exploded. I started to shoot."

(from Claude Lanzmann on why Holocaust documentary "Shoah" still matters)

Arild Gone for now (174)
Monday February 2, 2015, 4:59 am
We must never forget.

Sergio Padilla (65)
Wednesday August 5, 2015, 1:25 pm
Good post, thanks
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