Photo Essay: Commemorative Journey to Auschwitz-Birkenau

| 3/1/2017 4:28:00 PM

Every year the Italian government organizes a commemorative train journey to Auschwitz in honor of the Italian Jews who were transported from the Santa Maria Novella train station in Florence to Auschwitz for extermination, leaving from the same platform from which they left over 70 years ago, with special meetings with survivors of the concentration camp and visits to various camps and monuments.  This year I've been chosen along with other young Italian students to participate in this trip.


Stazione di Santa Maria Novella- 70 years ago the were piled on to the platforms to leave, terrified. Now we pile ourselves on, crushing, eager to leave.



11/22/2019 2:12:18 PM

We must all be cognizant of the danger of falling into the trap of Fascism that looms before us today. Hitler could not have achieved his gallery of horror without the willing complicity of his followers. Once we begin to follow the lead of those who deny the humanity of “others,” there is no turning back. Surely there were so many who knew what was going on in their communities, but where were the “whistleblowers” of that time? They dared not speak, for they would surely share the fate of those whose fate they helped determine.

11/22/2019 7:46:09 AM

Thank you for sharing ! Very emotional and there are no words to express the heartfelt emotion I felt as I went on the journey today to Auschwitz.

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