Friday, May 23, 2008

Buchenwald


Buchenwald was a concentration camp near Weimar, Thuringia, Germany. In 1937 it was one of the largest of the Nazi concentration camps. The inmates were forced to labour in the armament factories. The inmates were Jews, political prisoners, homosexuals, Roma people, Jehovah's Witnesses, Sinti, religious prisoners, criminals, and prisoner's of war. Many died of disease, starvation, slave labour, human medical experimentation, or executed. A typhus epidemic that was brought about by the Nazi's murdered many; 56, 545 people are thought to have been murdered in Buchenwald. For 6 months in 1944, allied airmen were held at Buchenwald until they were sent to Stalag Luft III a POW camp, 2 airmen died at Buchenwald. Dietrich Bonhoeffer a theologian, and Elie Wiesel a Jewish French-American writer that won the 1986 Nobel Peace Prize were held at Buchenwald.
In the fall of 2001 I along with several family members went to Dachau, near Munich, Germany. Dachau was the first of the concentration camps built. I did not take pictures, I thought that it would have been unacceptable to do that, rather like taking pictures at a funeral. My family members and I did not speak as we walked through the former concentration camp, we left feeling anger, sadness, and not able to grasp how this could have happened.
The Holocaust is so horrifying, so evil, that I don't want to speak of it, I don't want to think about it, this is the opposite reaction that should be given. The Holocaust should continue to be written about, movies made, studied, lectured on; as long as humans are on this earth it should not be forgotten, because to forget, means that it could be repeated, and that cannot happen!
In the picture posted above the writing is, "Jedem das Seine", meaning, to each his own, or everyone gets what he deserves. What acerbic apathy.
The following websites are on the Holocaust:

1 comment:

J. Kaye Oldner said...

I tried to leave a comment earlier, but who knows what happened. I love what you said, "The Holocaust is so horrifying, so evil, that I don't want to speak of it, I don't want to think about it, this is the opposite reaction that should be given." This is so very true! Something so painful is avoided, but we shouldn't give in to those feelings.