Oswiecim, Poland (Auschwitz) (Demo)

Just 2 hours west of Krakow lies the Memorial and Museum of Auschwitz-Birkenau

http://www.auschwitz.org.pl

I invite you to experience the following series of blog postings. Just one year ago, I found myself in Israel during Holocaust Memorial Day. After leaving Yad Vashem Museum (Jerusalem), it become a personal goal to provide myself with a full-circle experience, therefore it became imperative to travel and experience Auschwitz-Birkenau. Due to the sensitivity of this historical disaster, I have edited through hundreds of photographs in efforts to simply extend a snapshot inside the massive graveyard. I choose to celebrate St Maksymilian Kolbe, who died from starvation after volunteering his life for a fellow prisoner, who survived. I celebrate the Soviet forces who liberated the camp in January 1945. Most importantly, I celebrate the people who today are thriving, despite the haunting ghosts of the past. To that, I honor the Jews, Romani (Gypsies), Sinti, Soviet prisoners of war, the Polish and Soviet civilians, homosexuals, people with disabilities, Jehovah’s Witnessess and other political and religious opponents who lost their free will and were exterminated. Acts of genocide continue today. Let us be reminded of these atrocities by the past, trusting that remembrance can shift our present and believing compassion will ensure the future. Thank you, JRO

“Thou shalt not be a victim, thou shalt not be a perpetrator, but, above all, thou shalt not be a bystander.” -Yehuda Bauer