AUSCHWITZ II (Birkenau)
AUSCHWITZ III (Monowitz), (totally destroyed)
Camps were operating from May 20th, 1940
till January 27th, 1945
at first concentration camps
then extermination camps
Friday, March 27th, 1942
The convoy #1 leaves Drancy station
This train has been specifically chartered
by the French National Railway (SNCF)
It has been billed to the SS as a ”holiday departure”
They have been taken with their families and friends
The trip lasts 3 days
They are standing, huddled without any food or hygiene
The heat and smell are intolerable
At Brzezinka (Birkenau), they are forced
to walk towards the ”Judenrampe”
The survivors are set apart and selected
They walk to Auschwitz (3km) or Birkenau (1km)
They will never come back
Sunday, March 20th, 2011
We stand at Roissy Airport
A plane has been specially chartered for us
We are tother with the families and friends
with whom we have decided to do this trip
A large number are with their children
Our flight lasts 2 hours
We are comfortably seated and are offered breakfast
In Cracow, a coach takes us to the camp area
We are driven to Birkenau and Auschwitz
We’ll be back home this evening
We leave Auschwitz.
Here, everything has been thought, programed, optimized
so that every moment of the lives of the detainees would be suffering.
This death machine has murdered innocent people
who were a danger neither to politics nor to the military.
Those barbarous acts have been committed by good husbands, good fathers.
This couldn’t have taken place without the indifference or the agreement
or even the help of other nations.
We are overwhelmed, crushed, revolted.
Although we had read so many books, watched so many pictures…
But today we have fully understood…
The unspeakable has now a name
One day, somebody will get out of the camp alive and will tell what took place there !
a prisoner said
Yes, we know that, but who will believe it ?
a SS said