Auschwitz-Birkenau

The 27th January 2020, Holocaust Memorial Day, marks 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.

All photographs in this post were taken by Geography Cat followers Sandra and Keith. Thank you to them both for sharing their journey with the GC Community. Find out more about Holocaust Memorial Day here.

“Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

George Santayana (Philosopher, poet, novelist 1863-1952)

“We must free the German nation of Poles, Russians, Jews and Gypsies.”

Otto Thierack (Nazi Jurist and politician, and Third Reich Minister of Justice 1889-1946) Thierack committed suicide while under arrest awaiting trail at Nuremberg

“If we bear all this suffering and if there are still Jews left, when it is over, then Jews, instead of being doomed, will be held up as an example.”

Anne Frank (diarist, born 1929 and died aged 15 in 1945 whilst imprisoned by the Nazis at Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp)

“The question shouldn’t be “Why are you, a Christian, here in a death camp, condemned for trying to save Jews?’ The real question is “Why aren’t all the Christians here?”

Joel C. Rosenberg (author, b. 1967)

“Monsters exist, but they are too few in number to be truly dangerous. More dangerous are the common men, the functionaries ready to believe and to act without asking questions.”

Primo Levi (1919-1987 Chemist and survivor of imprisonment at Auschwitz)

“While we were waiting for the shower, our nakedness was brought home to us: we really had nothing now except our bare bodies—even minus hair; all we possessed, literally, was our naked existence”

Victor Frankl (1905-1997, Neurologist, psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor)
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