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Posted on 03/26/2007 4:11:09 AM PDT by Colosis
I have just returned from Auschwitz after a short stay in Cracow. I didn't do much research before I went which I now greatly regret. I'm still in a state of semi-shock at what I have seen and would like any recommendations on what I should read. I hear Primo Levi's book is good.
viktor frankl. man's search for meaning
A must read!
..but if you don't need a specific camp, I fully believe the larger known ones, Auschwitz, Buchenwald, Bergen-Belsen, Ravensbruck....were very similar.
Another powerful book is The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom...she was in Ravensbruck.
"I visited Auschwitz / Berkenau four months ago. One good feel the evil still present at the sites".
Meant "One could feel.........."
Sorry 'bout that, only one cup of joe and heading to the airport.
When I was there they sold a book on site called "Auschwitz; As seen by the SS". It was diaries from the original camp commander, a camp doctor and a coporal in the SS. It was astounding to read. Info here.
Is the place being kept up. When I was there they were talking about how they were running out of money to maintain it.
According to the leader of Iran, its all a lie. And, even if some jews were killed, he says that if Europe felt so guilty about letting all the jews be murdered, why didn't europe give the jews a homeland in europe rather than palestinian land?
This is a guy we almost gave a visa to come to New York and bad mouth Ameria.
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"Another powerful book is The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom...she was in Ravensbruck."
I second that recommendation.
And if you want to read a moving tale about a young Polish girl of 17 who helped to hide people and kept them out of the camps in the first place read, "In My Hands" by Irene Opdyke.
I'll never forget that book. She's a true hero. :)
Thank-You, I will give it a try when I get back later this week.
I have probably 100 pic's that I took and would share with anyone that would like to have them.
Just tell me how to share (create a folder on someone's homepage?) All I am is an operator of this machine, I have never took the time to figure out how it works.
Have a great week!
The best way to this is to upload your pics to a place like photobucket.com. They will host your pics for free and you can link them using their menus. I don't know how they do it but there are millions of pic loaded there and it doesn't cost a dime. No real advertising either.
Hope to see some pics. Is the place being kept up. I was there in 95 and they had been talking about how they were going to need money to maintain it.
Primo Levi, "Survival at Auschwitz"
Oops. It's early. That's my excuse.
Yes the sites are being kept up as they are a resource for revenue in the area. The Pole's (rightfully so) make sure that everyone knows that this was a German place. All of the tour guides had personal story's how the camps affected their families lives.
Most all of the buildings at Birkenau in the man-camp side our gone, with only the brick chimney's and foundations remaining. The women's camp is virtually still intact because the buildings were made of brick where the man-camp was wooden structures.
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Thanks to all for the information. when I tried goggling 'Auschwitz', I was saddened by the number of holocaust denial sites out there. I can't help thinking that humanity is bound to make the same mistake again. I saw this quote from somewhere in Auschwitz, though I don't know the Author "the veneer of humanity, like tissue over the railway tracks of hatred".
I read Primo Levy's book - he described the cold and lack of food towards the end of the war - (when the supply of food failed, possibly due to allied bombing of the railways) He also was very careful to separate what he himself saw from the gossip he heard about gas chambers - according to Levy, he saw only one execution, that of a prisoner who attempted to commit arson by setting a fire in a workshop. The prisoners were suffering from starvation and typhus towards the end and he felt lucky to have survived - recommend his book.
There is a very long documentary called "Shoah" that interviews the people in the homes nearest to the camps along with Poles of that generation who survived. It paints a slightly different picture than the response by your guide...
I've read numerous great books, many of which have already been suggested, but I saw a fantastic movie the other day (it's not new)called "Out of the Ashes." It is about Giselle Perl, a Hungarian physician who ended up working with Dr. Mengele in a minor capacity (of course she had no choice).
I sobbed through about half of this movie. Dr. Perl is now dead but her story is well worth knowing.
So many people forget about the horrible experiments done by Mengele and I believe this part of history must never be forgotten either.
I always hoped that people would never repeat the horrors of the Nazi death machine but, like you, the way the world seems to be tilting today (especially the Muslim terorrists and the rise of anti-semitism and so son), I am afraid nothing has changed at all. The names and instruments change but the evil is there in its fullest capacity, as strong as ever. No one has learned a thing. Or, let me say it a different way. The people who need to know will not be the ones that learn.
My Father was with Patton in WW2. He brought home photographs of several of the camps.
I still have them in the family scrapbook.
There were pictures of incredibly emaciated bodies stacked like cordwood by the hundreds.
There were pictures of rooms stacked to the ceilings with rings, bracelets and necklaces.
I will never doubt the Holocaust.
What's your guess? How many reading what you wrote grasp your motivation?
Or is there no malice in you and you are just not very bright?
After you read Night, you need about five years to get over it, and then you can start to think about it again.
Three of my great-grandparents and many other relatives of mine were murdered in that way. I have seen the letter from a Jewish organization written to my grandmother after the war, when she wanted to know what became of her elderly parents, that contains what the Nazis called their "Vernichtungsdaten." Extermination Dates. The mind cannot comprehend.
My grandfather made it alive out of Buchenwald, and my father, at age 7, was saved by England and the Kindertransport.
How can anyone doubt the Holocaust?
Primo Levy's book can speak for itself - I recommend it.
Primo Levi's book does it for me. Yet another poor soul who thought that his Italian neighbors would "protect him."
Although Elie Wiesel's NIGHT is one of the "big dogs" on the block of Holocaust history, I also recommend The Holocaust Chronicle for its extensive research (thick as a phone book), as well as the whole book being posted online. It has numerous pictures I don't think you will see anywhere else.
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A supplement to reading, powerful in its own right. Footage from 1945, of Dachau, Buchenwald, Belsen, and other camps, narrated by Trevor Howard. Be warned of disturbing content.
I was a little surprised 'Publications International' was the publisher considering they are better known for fine detailed large coffee table size books on automotive history, children's books & cookbooks. Really nice books.
Barnes & Noble has been selling the excellent work for only $19.95.
Martin Gilbert's 2003 book is another superbly documented collection of individual histories of those who risked everything to saved Jewish neighbours, refugees, children & babies, all of which were slated to be murdered by the Nazi death machine. I have the hardback edition, although it may now be out in paperback.