Category Archives: Poland

Depictions of Warsaw


World War Two, Holocaust, Soviet occupation, John Paul II, European Union. A complex history unites a contemporary city that is a patchwork of ideas and identities.

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.