Bigotry!

It seems to me that all this mass hysteria about the followers of the Muslim faith (whipped up by One newspaper in particular and also a political [?] party claiming to be putting Britain first) is now getting out of hand. I think history is repeating itself.

Between the world wars there was, in Germany, a huge anti Jew movement with Synagogues being daubed with paint and being burnt. Followers of the religion were ridiculed, beaten up and murdered. They were made second, no, third class citizens. Their lives were made a misery and the perpetrators marched, shouted and bullied and held their mass meetings until they went home to their families and children with a self-centred smile on their faces. They felt good, stating that God was on their side, and they were doing good work.

Then war broke out and the anti-Jew movement strengthened

They made up stories about the Jews and towards the end the Jews were not allowed to own anything nor even to live where they wanted to. They were moved into ghettoes and eventually to various camps “for a better life”

entrance to Auschwitz (To work is to live)

entrance to Auschwitz
(To work is to live)

I visited one of those camps recently and I saw for myself the appalling conditions that those people had to endure. Everything was based on humiliation beginning with the mode of transport to the camp (cattle truck, vastly overcrowded), to all hair being shaved to all possessions being confiscated

Even those who were murdered had their prostheses and gold fillings taken (14kg gold extracted per month)

I saw the punishment cells and the gallows. I saw the crematoria and the gas chambers. I saw the execution wall and the mass of murdered children’s clothes. I felt the tears in my eyes at the thought of all this going on at the hands of other human beings who went home to their wives and children at the end of their duties

The execution Wall

The execution Wall

Gallows

Gallows

 

 

 

 

 

 

Entrance to the "Showers" (gas chamber)

Entrance to the “Showers” (gas chamber)

Baby's Clothes

Baby’s Clothes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Afterwards I was talking to a fellow visitor and expressed my fears about history repeating itself to be faced with the reply “So what’s wrong with that?” Words fail me! What hope has the human race?

Auschwitz-Birkenau

So we went on an excursion whilst we were on our Eastern Europe holiday an excursion which was different to the normal type of excursion. This was a trip to see the place of one of the biggest mass murder sites of all – Auschwitz-Birkenau. Over 1,300,000 men women children and babies were routinely gassed, hanged, shot or worked to death. That’s not just one of those anonymous numbers that are so difficult to comprehend Just about the entire population of the county of Kent U.K.

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The visit started as usual by being introduced to our guide and we were issued with our radio receivers and headphones and we had a little talk about the history then off we went through the infamous gate into the camp

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The Infamous Gate (Work will set you free)

Then we went to some of the accommodation blocks. After just 5 minutes the feeling of doom and horror came over me that this was not just a tourist attraction but this was real! Human beings did actually live 3 to each level of the triple bunks they were humiliated in every way from having all the hair from their bodies shaved, only allowed to use the communal “Toilet” twice per day and then for only 10 seconds at a time with no privacy nor toilet paper (There was the tale of a prisoner whose friend managed to find one sheet of toilet paper and gave it to her as a present, It was never used she kept it to remind herself that life was not always as bad as the camp)

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Communal Toilets (10 seconds only and maximum of twice per day)

We saw some of the official photographs of prisoners. There were Jews, Poles, Catholics, Gypsies, Homosexuals, and Criminals They were tailors, goldsmiths’, farmers and every trade and profession even priests and monks. Musicians managed to have a slightly better life as their duties were to play music when new prisoners arrived (to keep up the pretence of everything being normal) and also to entertain the guards.

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We saw the punishment areas and cells. These gave so much injury that often the punished prisoner was unable to work so was of no use to the camp and therefore they were gassed.

We saw the wall where prisoners were shot, the gallows, and we went into the gas chamber. We also saw the crematoria where the bodies were disposed of.

The execution Wall

The execution Wall

Gallows

Gallows

There were the display cases of hundreds of shoes, suitcases, clothes, brushes, pots and pans, prayer shawls and 7½ tons of human hair.

Luggage

Luggage

Shoes

Shoes

Baby's Clothes

Baby’s Clothes

This was one of the most harrowing visits I have ever made BUT I feel that I must go again I can’t explain why but I just feel that I must.