The Jewish Chronicle - - Comment -

Yom Ha’shoah had a deeper mean­ing for me this year, as in Fe­bru­ary I vis­ited Auschwitz-birke­nau. It was a visit that I had thought about for years, but shied away from.

Noth­ing pre­pared me for the re­al­ ac­tu­ally see the stark, soul­less, (even God­for­saken) death camp, to stand in a gas cham­ber and see the ovens and chim­neys, is a deeply af­fect­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. It is im­pos­si­ble to com­pre­hend how mankind can be so evil when onewit­nesses the ruth­less but metic­u­lous im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Nazi killing pro­gramme. As sur­vivor num­bers di­min­ish, I be­lieve it is al­most an obli­ga­tion that Jews see the camps for them­selves. It can cer­tainly change one’s out­look on life. Kay Bagon Homefield Road, Radlett, WD7

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