Category: Journalism Photography
Posted: December 13, 2010

Barrack from Auschwitz

The light of hope ?

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It was another world out there, a lost and forgotten image, a life wanted to be lived, through the light shining into their resting place. It wasn't many of the prisoners that ever saw that light. They were woken 4 o'?clock every morning, rushed to the so called sanitary barrack to try to clean themselves and do their "business" . It was one of these barracks for each 5 used for sleeping . Meaning about 500 people that had to even fight for the right to go to the toilet. They only had 15 minutes to do this before they were marched to a near by factory or farm to work the whole day. In the winter the water was frozen, and of no use for cleaning. A whole day meant 12 hours of hard labor and the walk to and from the camp. What they got to eat and drink was not only too little, but also what we would call today "not fit for human consumption".
If they were lucky and not to exhausted, perhaps they could see the light through the window. They did not stay there very long before they suffered from ignorance, but still fighting for food, for drink for their lives. I can't even try to imagine what they suffered. They were separated from their wives, husbands, children and perhaps also parents and the rest of the family. The will to live must have been tremendous for those who survived . The worst of all was that they lost their dignity. Men and women full of pride, honesty and a belief in justice and a fair God, transferred into an animal, or even worse, just to stay alive. One day of hope, another realizing the fact that they would never be free. I think that the entrance to Auschwitz with the scripture "Work will set you free" should have been changed into "Death will set you free".
But for some prisoners, 2 in each bunk, I believe that the light shining through the window gave them hope.

Today it is 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz.
Post Type: Mixed Media Photography
Mixed Media: Maximum Sharpened and framed

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