Words can’t even describe

17 Jun

Where do you start and what do you say after walking through a factory of death. My first impressions were the vastness of the camps, the quiet of the spaces, the hatred of ignorance, the piles of braided hair, the crystal toxins used to gas the masses, images of the the kids and babies tortured and the hatred of the SS. Standing in the gas chamber then walking into the next room with the ovens took my breath away. Next at Birkenau, part of Auschwitz where the mass killings happened, standing on the track where the trains would come in, families separated, and left or right was life or death. Seeing the destroyed crematoriums and where they put the ash was surreal. Walking backdown the tracks I started to hyperventilate and then I saw a yellow butterfly.

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Entering Birkenau via train, most were sent to the “showers” upon arrival, if they were picked to work, they typically existed for about 3 months



A doctor. All were photographed in the beginning.


The chemical was poured into the showers from above, then the room was sealed.


The famous sign entering Auschwitz, “work will set you free”


Posted by on June 17, 2012 in Holocaust, Jewish, Poland, Uncategorized


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5 responses to “Words can’t even describe

  1. Mimi

    June 17, 2012 at 8:09 am

    Good blog. Keep sharing. I am forwarding to barb Eisenberg as she is most interested..Mimi

  2. Tom Freeman

    June 17, 2012 at 9:57 am

    I hope you have seen the video of the IAF flying over Auschwitz. I find it very powerful:

    • Beth Katz

      June 17, 2012 at 1:23 pm

      Wow very nice. I love that song Eli eli

  3. Stella

    June 17, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    prayers are with you Beth, I am in tears as I sit here writing this….you are right, words cannot express….

  4. Beth Katz

    January 27, 2015 at 6:16 pm

    Reblogged this on walkingmylineage and commented:

    With the 70th anniversary I thought I would reblog this and then add a new thoughts. Coming next


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