This speech by Kitty Hart-Moxon really speaks for most of the survivors, She talks about her average happy life as a child and how, one day, all of that changed. Most survivors that you talk to will tell a story like this, because they were, everyday people. Like your neighbor, your family, or a coworker. These normal people were taken and most of them killed, because of their religion. Not because of their actions, but because of heritage. Going through this changed many people, many walked out in a deep luul and without any friends or relatives, forcing them to restart.
This is a painting by Judith Dazzio shows several prisoners standing behind a fence. The piece is called “Life Drains Slowly at Birkenau” and it is a powerful painting. It holds a certain eeriness with it, the men in the front all with faces as stiff as a stone, and behind them stands what appear to be the ghosts of the past prisoners looming over the lives of those waiting to be killed. The mood is very deep and contains a sense of creepiness I’ve never felt. None of the subjects have normal human eyes, they lack the element of being someone. This is most likely due to the fact that the prisoners were reduced to nothing but a number. They were stripped of all the qualities that define a person and placed in line. That line the line to their death, and he only stories there would be to tell are of the dead souls that lay over their shoulders.
These two poems by Alexander Kimel are truly touching. The experiences that a member of the ghettos would have gone through are insanity compared to the hardships of the modern human. The way he describes what he went through is hard to read, just because he makes it seem like you are experiencing the tragedy. The cadence of the poem is regular, but promotes you to read it slowly to not be left out on any detail, and to feel the everlasting time, the prisoners felt when in the camps.
In the photo shown, several jewish and other minorities of men lay in the rough living conditions that were subjected to the prisoners during the holocaust. They are shown shoulder to shoulder laying on what would be seen today as shelves, but that is what they slept on. All of the men are extremely malnourished and wear a face that seems to convey a sense of promise and hope. They have all accepted their demise, but seem to feel a sense of oncoming liberation.
This article, published by the Boston Globe explores the phrase “never forget” in relation to the holocaust. He states that, yes, the holocaust did happen a great many years ago, and the majority of the survivors are in their 90’s, so is it likely that the holocaust will be forgotten in the near future? The simple answer was no, it is extremely unlikely that an event as extreme as the holocaust will be forgotten. To begin, there are several museums on earth, with antarctica being the only continent not to have a museum commemorating this event. Also, there has not been an event like this, almost ever. To our knowledge there has never been a leader who has tried and almost followed through on exterminating an entire population. Even with 20 million jews involved, Hitler’s forces only managed to kill one third of the jewish population. In other words there is an extremely low chance that this event will be forgotten.
This article by the new york times was written to show the full scale of the german concentration and prison of war camps. The author gives the research credit to the United States holocaust memorial museum which has set out to find all of the remaining camps and ghettos left scattered around europe. The results were astounding, with more than 42,500 sites found to date, they left most holocaust researchers with their jaw to the floor. Everyone had heard of the holocaust, but the sheer size of their operation still makes people sit back in awe at how anything like this could have ever happened.