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Thursday, July 27, 2006
Holocaust horrors recounted
Victims struggled to preserve their story

The Associated Press

AMHERST, Mass. — Some of the images seem almost mundane: a photograph of hunched women picking cabbage; essays scrawled in the handwriting of school children; posters advertising a summertime performance of the Jewish Symphony Orchestra.

But their everyday appearance is undercut by stories of exceptional horror.

The fertile cabbage field became a mass grave site. The words written by a 14-year-old describe the desperate cries for food he hears on the street. The 80 musicians who performed in that August 1941 concert were murdered at a concentration camp.

The artifacts are the remains of the Warsaw Ghetto, fragments of a Jewish society marked for extermination by the Nazis during the Holocaust, but saved by a small group who had the foresight and determination to record their history rather than allow it to perish with them.