LETTER FROM POLAND

Remembering Auschwitz 30.01.2008

Anna Piwowarska shares her reflections on the Auschwitz death camp, coinciding with last week’s Holocaust Memorial Day.

Sunday, 27 January 2008 marked the 63rd anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp. In a church service to mark the occasion in the town of Oswiecim, the local priest, Aleksander Karkosz, recalled the day when the death camp prisoners were freed. He remembered how shortly afterwards a vocational school was opened in Oswiecim. Their first job was to make 700 coffins in order to bury those who had been murdered by the Nazis at the time of liberation or those who died of hunger or illness shortly afterwards. So, it seems even at the time of Auschwitz’s liberation the black shadow of death still loomed over Oswiecim. It does so until today and anyone who goes there will experience this first-hand.

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