sohotrightnow: ([etc] al ha-t'vila)
Right after the war, there occurred ideas - which fortunately have not been implemented - to demolish the remains of Auschwitz-Birkenau and plough the area up. The justification given was that a place of such cruel murder should vanish from the face of the Earth.

I do not wish to say that the intentions were not honourable, but in my view disguised behind them were other, not entirely realised, motivations. When a man commits evil, he tries to obliterate its traces.

Auschwitz-Birkenau is like a continuous sting of remorse that torments humanity, especially Europe. It is a sting of remorse for every person who is indifferent to the suffering of others.

Auschwitz-Birkenau must forever remain an unhealed, burning wound, which wakes people up from moral lethargy and forces them to take responsibility for the fate of our world.
-Wladyslaw Bartoszewski, Chairman of the International Auschwitz Council; two-time former foreign minister for Poland; Auschwitz-Birkenau survivor
As some of you may know, the "Arbeit Macht Frei" sign displayed above the Auschwitz gate was stolen earlier this month; it was recovered this week in the woods and had been cut into three pieces. I have been following this story pretty closely, because it involves a lot of things that are of interest to me.

This gets even longer. )

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