Thursday, September 26, 2013

Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp - POLAND - UNESCO #31

When we hear the word Auschwitz we almost immediately shiver, because it's impossible to remain distant of the barbarities that took place here and that newer generation seem to forgot (or at least give less importance). The world cannot ever forget what happened in the Nazi concentration camps (and of course in the soviet Gulag, the Japanese training centres, and in lots of places where the basic human rights are completly forgotten, still today and by countries we wouldn't think it was possible, like the United States with Guantanamo or Israel with the walls and camps in The Gaza Strip and the West Bank). I've never been to one of the major concentration and extermination WWII camps, but a visit to Struthof, the former Natzweiler concentration camp in Alsace, this summer really unsettled me, I cannot imagine the feeling of entering in Auschwitz. I think this is one of the most important UNESCO sites in the world and everybody should visit it and think a little. Thank you very much Jolanta for this card. My collection grew to 163, only 818 more and I'm done. This postcard took 13 days to arrive!
UNESCO #31 - Auschwitz-Birkenau (Nazi Concentration Camp)- POLAND
 The fortified walls, barbed wire, platforms, barracks, gallows, gas chambers and cremation ovens show the conditions within which the Nazi genocide took place in the former concentration and extermination camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest in the Third Reich. According to historical investigations, 1.5 million people, among them a great number of Jews, were systematically starved, tortured and murdered in this camp, the symbol of humanity's cruelty to its fellow human beings in the 20th century.

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