Wednesday, 2 January 2008

End

Although I only completed about 10% of this project at the end of the period, the readings and researches have brought understanding into this piece of history that I used to disregard.


Stories of despair - How the SS shoot into a kid's opened mouth when he lied to give a sweet, the mindless mass killings, the need of survival that reduce them into sub-humans, the incessant screaming & cries when the children are taken away from their mothers, the unthinkable human medical experiments, the thousands of entangled bodies that formed a mountain when the gas is released and they struggle for higher ground for fresh air...

Stories of hope - Hidings, extraordinary stories of reunion, rebellion; how a lady survived while buried together with hundreds of bodies. The ghetto uprising..


This is something that I will always remember.. and now I appreciate more of my life and its predicaments.


The words of Elie Wiesel, the Nobel laureate and Holocaust survivor, stand as a testament to why we must never forget this dark period of human history:

"For the survivor who chooses to testify, it is clear: his duty is to bear witness for the dead and the living. He has no right to deprive future generations of a past that belongs to our collective memory. To forget would be not only dangerous but offensive; to forget the dead would be akin to killing them a second time. The witness has forced himself to testify. For the youth of today, for the children who will be born tomorrow. He does not want his past to become their future."

-Elie Wiesel, Night, Preface to the New Translation (New York: Hill and Wang, c2006), page xv.

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