Today we visited the Auschwitz and Birkenau death camps and saw first hand the final solution of Hitler’s Nazi Experiment. Well over a million men, women and children were exterminated in the gas chambers of these two camps. One room contained two tons of human hair that was being processed into fabric for lining winter coats. Another room contained over 20,000 shoes of all shapes and sizes. Both were just a tiny fraction of what was collected from the corpses. We stood in the gas chamber, looked into the furnaces and peered into the ash pits where countless human beings – created in the image of God – were snuffed out and erased from human history. I have neither the words nor the emotional equipment to categorize my experience here.
Tonight we stay in Krakow. Prior to the final solution Poland had a Jewish population of over three million. Today there are fewer than a thousand. May God have mercy on us.
“We know that a man can read Goethe or Rilke in the evening, that he can play Bach and Schubert, and go to his day’s work at Auschwitz in the morning.” -George Steiner
2 thoughts on “Auschwitz”
Don-How shattering !!Surely God’s love for you- so deep and wide- is in all this, but my heart goes out and I just want to hold you close and give comfort and we are miles apart !!In dec. I worshipped w/my daughter at Grace Pres. in Houston. And they had a YWAM missionary from Budapest helping and reporting. And I thought,”What a small world !” There wasn’nt time to speak to them. Then I was in worship there again last month and they honored their graduating senior highs and a young lady was slated to go to Budapest to the training school and another YWAM couple Jassie & Igor Muhka also helped w/worship. Wonder if your paths have or will cross. It is indeed a small world! Much love and prayers, Janet
You felt the smell of death there. It is impossible to find word to describe what happened there. I would like to go and visit Auschwitz one day. I was 10 years old when I saw first dead person here in Sarajevo. During those 4 years I saw too much death. I hope that you will visit Srebrenica next time when you come to Bosnia. There’s Jasenovac in Croatia and Bleiburg and… too much places where we ( humans ) gave our hearts to Devil. We can pray, or call the name of God, but very soon we are able to betrayed Him again. So let us pray for His mercy to save us from ourselves.
Tu autem Domine miserere nobis