forbidden freedom


I found this scene one of the most difficult in Auschwitz II, the view from the window of the ‘death barrack’ where women prisoners selected by the SS as unfit for further work awaited a time to be scheduled for one of the gas chambers. The wait sometimes took several days and no food or water was provided to these prisoners during that time—many died here before they got to the gas chambers.

All this remembering though is no good unless we ask how, why, and then on the basis of that say ‘never again.’ And as I have said before I am not sure that we have answered those questions adequately.

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