Most of the world agrees that one of the most despicable events in human history was the holocaust. Hitler’s Nazi party systematically murdered approximately 11 million innocent people, whose shocking numbers include 6 million Jews. To deny the holocaust is in itself a crime, yet many still do, and with this in mind, I myself visited Auschwitz and Birkenau.
There are few words to accurately describe how I felt as I walked around the camp. Despite the vast number of visitors, an overwhelming quiet and sadness shrouded the place, and the damp, bleak walls I know will never give up their painful secrets. It was a warm spring day in Poland, and yet I was cold, both my body and in my heart. To walk among the ghosts of 6 million murdered innocents was simply heartbreaking, and it remains beyond my imagination to understand how so few minds can work together to inflict so much suffering on so many people. And for what? Simple! Misguided racist bigotry and ideological hatred!
It was a powerful and humbling experience to visit the extermination camps at Auschwitz/Birkenau, and more humbling still to know it was just one of thousands of similar death camps across Europe. But I would recommend going yourself. It made me more aware of that most tragic and terrible period in history, and serves as a reminder that the victims should never, ever be forgotten.
And lest we not forget this;
Homo sapiens are homo sapiens, no matter creed or colour.
My simple words do not do justice to the harsh misery I felt during my visit, but maybe the images can give you that sense.
All photos by the Nomad, aka, © Steven Moore Photography
My painful visit inspired a short story, ‘The Death of Helena.’ If you’d like to download your free eBook, please click here.