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Remembering Auschwitz
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Some news is hard—hard, but so very important. Psalm 112 says of the person of God, “He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord.”

Remembering World War II is hard for many people. Most have heard of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. Many have seen photos. And some even have visited, actually walking through what remains of the notorious death camp. But no one has seen it quite like this.

Video footage taken by a drone gives a broad perspective that drives home the scale of this place. More than 1.1 million people suffered and died at the hands of their Nazi captors here.

January 27 is the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the camp. On this day in 1945, the Soviet Red Army broke into Auschwitz in German-occupied Poland. The Germans had fled, but not before shooting many prisoners and blowing up the most horrific structures at Auschwitz: the gas chambers used for mass murder and the crematoria, furnaces for burning human bodies.

David Dushman is 96 years old. He is one of the last surviving Russian soldiers who arrived at the camp in January 1945. Upon arrival, Dushman says he and his fellow soldiers thought they were approaching a military base. They were shaken by what they found inside.

“When we arrived we saw the fence and these unfortunate people; we broke through the fence with our tanks. We gave food to the prisoners and continued,” Dushman recalls

The memory of the starving and traumatized prisoners still haunts him.

“They [the prisoners] were standing there, all of them in [prisoner] uniforms, only eyes, only eyes, very narrow—that was very terrible, very terrible. And I hope that this will never [happen] again in life.”

Hundreds of survivors from around the world will return to Auschwitz-Birkenau today. They come so that the terror they were delivered from will not be forgotten—not by themselves and not by others who did not experience the Holocaust firsthand.

It’s those “others” for whom this aerial tour of Auschwitz is important. Though Christians know we live in this world “by faith and not by sight,” it is human nature to need to see to believe—and remember. Reading about Nazi death camps in history books can’t have the impact of visualizing the acres upon acres once dedicated to the destruction of innocent human lives.

(An aerial picture shows barracks and buildings of former Nazi German Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp complex in Oswiecim, Poland, January 15, 2020. REUTERS/Axel Schmidt)

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1st comment!

Wow! Really interesting! I’m so glad I wasn’t alive during WWII!

This is so sad...

Wow, this is pretty sad. I didn't realize how huge the camp was!

I really don't know what to

I really don't know what to say. Reading about WW2, I cannot believe some of the evil things that happened. I think I would get chills visiting Auschwitz.

Wow

This was so terrible!!!!! I can't imagine not realizing Auschwitz was a death camp until you got there to take it over.
@Lena P I know what you mean. I would probably cry many times.
Next year I have to read The Hiding Place for school. I know it is a good book, but I am still not looking forward to the hard parts. This year the class at my co-op that read it went to a Holocaust museum afterward. I wonder if my class will do the same.

@ Beth G

I read it. [The Hiding place] And it wasn't as hard as I thought. It was still very bad. But she didn't linger on those parts. It was a good book.
Did any one watch the video? I am afraid to watch it...someone watch it and tell me.

Terrible!

So Terrible!
Words can't describe how terrible the holocaust was, for Jews and gentiles. So Horrible!

@Nadia

The video seems to be mostly pictures of how the camp looks now. It's sad, but I think you'll be fine.

@ N A

Yes, it's not that much of what it used to be, it's mostly what it looks like now. I think you should watch it.

@ Mirela &Bella

Dose it show it when it was used? Sorry, i'm not that brave. I just don't want to see bodies and bones and things like that.

video

There is nothing too horrible. the first 20 or so seconds show cannons being fired and loaded and stuff. also some sort of war machine. I'm glad there wasn't any footage of the gas tanks or anything.

sorry

*gas chambers

This is so sad! I have read

This is so sad! I have read many books about WWII and they're all horrible! The stuff people had to go through during the war is unimaginable.
Nadia A
There isn't any creepy stuff. No bodies or anything.

@ Emilia

Okay. Thanks....

@N A

There aren't dead bodies and bones, I dont think.

@ Emilia

Yeah I've read many books about WWII too! Have you read Michael Morpurgo? He's such a good writer! I love his books!

ive read books about the

ive read books about the prison camps ie world war 2
pretty horrible

@Nadia

No, it doesn't, I really think you will be fine. It's really just drone footage of what it looks like now, and someone talking about everything.

WWII books

has anyone read Number the Stars by Lois Lowry ? its one of my most favorite books!!!

@Lily

No I haven't.

@Emelia

I'm sorry, I've been spelling your name wrong!

Janna (Daniel's sister)

I would like to go there someday. The Nazis were so evil. My dad told me that Nazis would practice shooting by throwing Jewish babies into the air and shooting them. I'm glad I wasn't alive during WWII! (I really liked reading "The Hiding Place", but I wouldn't suggest reading Anne Frank's diary because it was super boring, and it had inappropriate parts in it.)

Janna

Oh. That's horrible!
Nadie A, you're totally fine! My own aunts still occasional spell it wrong. :)

@ Lily S.

Yes, Number the Stars is so good!

@ Lily S

I have read "Number the Stars!" It is so good!

@Lily S

I love Number the Stars!!

Its a good one!

Its a good one!

Wow that time period was

Wow that time period was horrible, you guys should look up Nicholas Winton he rescued 669 children from the Holocaust!!
@Lily I haven't read Number the Stars but I read the Giver. I actually just finished it an hour ago lol!

@Beth H

Was The Giver good?

@Beth G

Yeah it was pretty good. I just felt like it ended kinda in what felt like the middle lol. Have you seen the movie?

@Beth H

No

@Beth G

Oh okay the movie was pretty good also.

@ Beth H.

Are you going to read the rest of the Giver series?

@Lena

Yeah prob, I read the first one for school but I’ll prob finish the series.

Number the Stars

its kinda historical fiction but it is good

by the way......................................................

if anyone wants book recommendations i have lots
im a bookworm:-)

But.............................................................

it is mostly fiction/ adventure stories though

@ Gloriana

Haha! I am too. Have you ever read Rebecca of sunnybrook farm? Or anything by patricia st john or myrna grant?

@Gloriana

I same here lol!

@Gloriana

Well since you wont go to Librarians Hunt Bedbugs lol!! Have you read anything by Matthew J Kirby? He wrote The Clockwork Three which was really good and The Arctic Code which was okay.

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