Martin Summerhayes (martinsummerhay) wrote,
Martin Summerhayes
martinsummerhay

Thoughts on the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz

I have recently finished reading two books, the Dark Charisma of Adolf Hitler and Auschwitz: The Nazis & The 'Final Solution'. Two of the most thought provoking books on the holocaust and WWII. I would recommend both, the former to understand how one person can effectively take over a whole continent, the second to understand the causes and methods.

Today on the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, I will take a few moments to pause and reflect on the millions of people who died, both at the hands of the Nazis, as well as those who died in WWII. My family is lucky that all the grandfathers who fought in the war [in the navy and army] survived. Like most people of their generation, they never discussed what happened, what they saw and experienced.

If you have time, please check out the recent 4OD programme [please note it is extremely graphic in its content, so not recommended for those of a delicate disposition]. The extraordinary story of the Allied forces who filmed the terrible scenes in the Nazi concentration camps, and Sidney Bernstein's attempt to produce a landmark documentary record of what they found

http://www.channel4.com/programmes/holocaust-night-will-fall/on-demand/57245-001


https://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/project/the-holocaust

Shalom aleikhem
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