Auschwitz visit was so har­row­ing

Rutherglen Reformer - - Chef’s Corner -

At their first meet­ing of the ses­sion, mem­bers of the In­ner Wheel Club of Ruther­glen heard about the visit to Auschwitz and Birke­nau con­cen­tra­tion camps by Robyn Munn.

She is the daugh­ter of vice- pres­i­dent Karen.

Robyn was se­lected to go on the visit with a group of ad­vanced history stu­dents by the Holo­caust Ed­u­ca­tional Trust.

The group left for Poland un­sure of what they were to see and learn.

The first im­pres­sion was of feel­ing scared and wary as they were in­tro­duced to the bar­racks within the elec­tri­fied barbed wire .

Hitler thought he could make the pris­on­ers work them­selves to death, given lack of good food or de­cent liv­ing con­di­tions, but this was too slow for him so or­ders for the death cham­bers were in­creased.

He man­aged to reach half his tar­get for get­ting rid of Jews and the dis­abled.

When the vis­it­ing group went into the gas cham­bers, they were up­set at see­ing so many claw marks on the walls as well as hun­dreds of names.

At Birke­nau they walked part of the rail­road that led straight into four gas cham­bers but these were knocked down when Hitler re­alised that the al­lies were ap­proach­ing.

The visit ended with a me­mo­rial ser­vice led by a Bri­tish Rabbi and can­dles were lit in re­mem­brance of the peo­ple who had been de­hu­man­ised and mur­dered.

A very mov­ing start for the In­ner Wheel Club ses­sion but none of the mem­bers would have missed this pre­sen­ta­tion.

Hell The main en­trance to Auschwitz

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