Auschwitz & Auschwitz II Birkenau

Excerpt from Night by Elie Wiesel

Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, that turned my life into one long night seven times sealed.
Never shall I forget that smoke.
Never shall I forget the small faces of the children whose bodies I saw transformed into smoke under a silent sky.
Never shall I forget those flames that consumed my faith forever.
Never shall I forget the nocturnal silence that deprived me for all eternity of the desire to live.
Never shall I forget those moments that murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to ashes.
Never shall I forget those things, even were I condemned to live as long as God Himself.
Never.

11 responses to “Auschwitz & Auschwitz II Birkenau

  1. And with all my respect to the victims of the Nazi cruel epoch why no similar outcry for almost a million Tutsis in 90 days killed in Rwanda, translate this into 6 years and you will be shocked, but then who cares about Africa.

    • Rwanda was horrendous on many levels. From the inefficiency of the UN troops, to the lack of a coherent Western/U.S. response. I would recommend reading “Shake Hands with the Devil” if you haven’t already.

  2. You might as well wish to add Elie Wiesel as a tag, as already you have so delicately introduced this quote. Thank you for this post.

  3. that`s the only places in Poland I`d like to see.

  4. a wonderfully moving poem

  5. So much emotion in the images…..

  6. So sad. But very well written.

  7. This was the most haunting experience I’ve ever had. I didn’t take any pictures because I was just in awe at the place. For weeks after I visited, every time I shut my eyes I saw the people crowded together on the bunks. Beautiful pictures. We need to share things like this so that we won’t forget. Thanks for this post!

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