International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Arbeit Macht Frei:  "Work Makes (You) Free"

Arbeit Macht Frei: “Work Makes (You) Free”

Arbeit Macht Frei…  “Work Makes (You) Free”

Visiting the Dachau Concentration Camp a year and a half ago in June 2012 was a humbling and, I’ll admit, slightly anger-inducing visit.  The deception that occurred during the Holocaust (clear in the phrase in the entrance gate, as shown above) was rampant, and it was harrowing to be in a place where senseless violence occurred – a sacred ground and the ultimate resting place of many.  Thousands of innocent people died there.  You talk about “seeing history” when you travel, but when you connect to it, that’s something altogether different.

It’s difficult to imagine that something like this could happen today, but if you think about it, it is happening, in places like Darfur, Syria and Somalia.  And, to think that it was only about 70-75 years ago that the Holocaust happened is just disturbing.  That is not a long time ago, and we have a duty to do what we can to stop this from happening again.  We say Never Forget, and we have to remember that.

A little over a year ago, I posted (again briefly) about my experience at Dachau, proving that life does indeed find ways to flourish in a place of tragedy.  I wanted to mark the International Holocaust Remembrance Day by sharing this photo.

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