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Very moving. I visited Dachau over 40 years ago, and was unable to wrap my 19 y.o. mind around it. There’s very little of the physical camp left and what there is seemed less haunted than simply barren, like a piece of abandoned movie set. There was (presumably still is) a museum attached and what has remained with me ever since was the blowup of a photograph of a mother walking against the rain or snow, holding hands with the two or three y.o. daughter walking trustingly at her side. Both heads bent against the weather, faces obscured with scarves knotted under their chins. What could they have been thinking in that moment? I can’t tell you how many times as a father, decades later, I’ve been walking down the street with one or the other of my own children holding my hand, when that image has risen up to inhabit me. Would it have made any difference to the mother to think that in future years people would contemplate her image with pity and terror? Ken
What a beautiful and thoughtful comment Jody and Ken. Thank you. As a mother I can’t imagine it either. We have a family friend who survived Auschwitz with her mother – although she was at least eighteen, not a child. This mother-daughter team also survived two death marches together – essentially keeping one another alive.
Just unbelievable experiences. Ken
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