Army of Mom

So this is how liberty dies ... with thunderous applause.

2.10.2008

God help us

Watching Band of Brothers and we're on the episode where the American soldiers find the concentration camps. I can't watch this without weeping. I still can't fathom how human beings can treat others like this. It is just beyond me.

When I was in high school, my parents took me to Germany and I wanted to find one of these camps. No one would tell us how to find them. We did go to Nurnberg and toured the site of the Nurnberg trials. I didn't know German, but I knew enough to be sickened by two little old German ladies on the tour with us. I could see them smiling as they talked about Hitler. Smiling. Swear to God. I thought, perhaps, that they were sharing a joke or something. Then, I saw others on the tour who spoke German looking at these women with distaste and stepping away from them. My initial feelings were correct. I was amazed. Here I was standing shoulder to shoulder with women who were probably children in that era and listened to their parents speak so highly of Hitler and his goals. I thought I was going to be sick.

Some day, I will go to Poland and see Auschwitz. The Holocaust is something that can never be forgotten. To those who claim it didn't happen, please listen to Martin Spett, Leo Schneiderman or Lilly Appelbaum Malnik. I think they have a little something different to say.

I'm going to have to make my way to the Dallas Holocaust Museum. I'm investing in an entire box of Kleenex for that trip.

6 Comments:

  • At 10:38 PM, February 10, 2008, Blogger Uzz said…

    That part of Band of Brothers always gets me as well...it actually angers me more than anything. My father was a POW during the last part of WWII and then once he was liberated, had to help liberate the concentration camps. My mother says that he could never speak of it with her, though when he got a little toasty, he would talk about it on a small scale...it was an emotional scar that many of those men carried for the rest of their lives.

    I have been to the Dallas Holocaust Museum and its worth the trip...they are also champions of trying to help eliminate the genocide in Darfur.

    If you have not seen the Band of Brothers series, then you have to get them...they are a stunning example of how those veterans went through hell so we can live the way we do today...the producers are actually working on a new series placed in the Pacific Theater.

     
  • At 9:53 AM, February 11, 2008, Blogger Gadfly said…

    I covered one of the Auschwitz survivors speaking, and when he rolled up his sleeve and showed that tattoo ... I had read about them ... but seeing one LITERALLY in the flesh ...

    wow

    I'll never forget that moment

     
  • At 10:55 AM, February 11, 2008, OpenID pwilson374 said…

    AOM, have you ever heard of Camp Struthof? It is a concentration camp in eastern France in the Vosges Mountains. I had no idea it existed until my husband and I came across it when driving through the mountains while on vacation. We'd been seeing signs for Camp Struthof and thought perhaps it was a youth camp. We couldn't have been more wrong. We arrived early in the evening when the tourist office was closed, but could still see the compound, graves, etc. No one was around and only the sighing wind could be heard. The camp is perched high in the Vosges mountains overlooking the Rhine valley, surrounded by dark forest. There is a tall, strangely shaped monument situated among the graves. When the wind blows it swirls around the tower and makes a sound like souls crying. Weird. I found out later that the camp was used by the Nazis as a staging area for French Jews on their way to Dachau. It also served as a prison camp for French resistance fighters. These prisoners were worked to death in the granite quarries.

    We stayed a while and snapped a few photos, but the snow began falling heavily and we have to leave. If you are interested, I have a few photos I can share.

    Best regards,

    Patricia Wilson
    Crosby, Texas

     
  • At 11:00 AM, February 11, 2008, Blogger Army of Mom said…

    Patricia, I would love to see the photos. You can email them to me or send me the link where to see them. I had not heard of that camp. How awful. My parents went back to one of the camps on a later trip and my mom said she never felt such a presence of evil just in the air in her entire life.

     
  • At 12:39 PM, February 11, 2008, Blogger Kelly said…

    My husband's business partner is German - about late 60s, early 70s in age. She swears that all the stuff about concentration camps and the holocaust were all "American Propaganda" to overthrow Hitler. Frightening that there is still a mind set that believe this. But she is a wonderful woman, sweet in every way. I just don't understand why she chooses to ignore the evidence.

     
  • At 4:43 PM, February 11, 2008, Blogger El Capitan said…

    Kelly, I'd argue that she's *not* a wonderful woman, "sweet in every way".

    Anyone with blinders on to that particular outrage needs to be dragged by the scruff of the neck and tossed inside one of the Zyklon-B "showers" so they can see the gouges put in the brickwork by human fingernails as the people being gassed tried to escape.

    Nothing infuriates me more than Holocaust deniers.

     

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