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Poland Auschwitz-Birkenau (#2374)

Poland Auschwitz-Birkenau  (#2374)
The rail line from the upper floor of the guard tower, looking across the camps to the ovens at the end of the line.

Looking back and combining this tour with other sites I later saw, Auschwitz impressed upon me three things. One was the very strong evidence it provides for the magnitude of possible human evil. Second was how the process of extermination became increasingly a factory-like process of mass dehumanization. And finally, given the extent of the involvement in this factory of human debasement and destruction, what to do about the perpetrators and compliant others?

(Per Wikipedia, there were 7,000 SS employees, 12% of whom were convicted of war crimes: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auschwitz_concentration_camp)

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David Goulart
David Goulart
how different it would be wandering around without the crowds.
2 years ago.
Clint
Clint
There comes a point where the need for justice isn't worth what you have to do to bring this justice about. Somehow imprisoning (or worse) 7,000 people tempts its own inhumanity. And I don't even know where you'd begin to determine who the compliant are.

The Allies faced some very tough questions. I'm glad I wasn't the one who had to answer them.
2 years ago.
Don Barrett (aka DBs… has replied to Clint
Actually it was 7000 employees, over a million were incarcerated and killed at Auschwitz-Birkeneau. I've always assumed the lack of response by American forces was due to combination of isolationism and strong anti-Semitism, though I don't know the details. (Re American anti-Semitism, up into the late 1960's there were neighborhoods in my hometown that prohibited Jews from buying property).
2 years ago.