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Archive for October, 2012

WRITING PROMPT: Where Do You Get Such Courage?

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

The New York Times today ran an obituary about Wilhelm Brasse who as a young man during World War II was imprisoned at Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp and was ordered by the Nazis to photograph thousands of prisoners for identification purposes (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/25/world/europe/wilhelm-brasse-dies-at-94-documented-auschwitz.html?_r=0).
The article quotes Judith Cohen, director of the photo archive at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, who said ”the same photographs that were commissioned by the Germans later became some of the most damning evidence of their crimes.”
She continued: ”And one of Brasse’s great acts of heroism is that when he was ordered to burn all of the mug shots, he saved tens of thousands. It’s part of the lasting evidence of the horrors of Auschwitz.”
The article shows an example of a prisoner identity photos of a young girl, Czeslawa Kwoka of Poland — three were taken of her, one from the front, one from the side and the third at an angle. Looking at the picture of this 14 year-old girl who died at the camp three months after she arrived, you just want to cry. Such a young face, so wan and frightened, such a beautiful innocent face. I cry and ask myself how such a thing could happen? How could people be so cruel to one another? What causes men to become so inhumane? Could this ever happen again? And, I know the answer. Atrocities in which people are harmed, imprisoned, raped, tortured, killed still keep happening throughout the world day by day.
How can one live in such a world?
Your thoughts are welcome.