Auschwitz: from a mothers heart

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This past Wednesday we went to Auschwitz and Birkenau.
When Seth told me that we could go to Poland I was so excited!  Seeing Auschwitz and Birkenau was  very high up on my bucket list, and now I can successfully mark it off.
I sort of knew what to expect because I did a lot of research into it, but really NOTHING can prepare you for what you actually see.

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To be honest I feel like I have a bit of post traumatic stress disorder.  There were certain pictures and facts that just made me ache all over, mainly things involving children.
I don’t think that is just because I am a mother. I think it’s just human to be saddened when a child’s innocence and joy is ripped away.

Dr Josef Mengele, also know as the angel of death, was the main doctor at Auschwitz. He would determine who would be sent to the gas chambers and who would be sent to the camp.
He is most known for torturing the children at Auschwitz, and he had a sick fascination with twins
These are just a few of the things that he did to children (without anesthesia)
drain their blood until death
inject chloroform into their heart
remove sex organs
removal of limbs
inject dyes into their eyes, trying to change the color
isolation endurance
transfusion of blood from one twin to another
sewing together a set of twins to create siamese twins

What a sick man. Dr Mengele was never arrested and charged for the war crimes. He moved away after the war and was never brought to justice.

I can not imagine the terror of being a mother captured in a concentration camp and then having your child ripped away from you.  As a parent there is no greater fear than being separated from your child.

Here is some of what we saw at Auschwitz

where the SS officer would stay during bad weather.

where the SS officer would stay during bad weather.

"men who had been sentenced to be shot at the 'death wall' would strip in this room"

“men who had been sentenced to be shot at the ‘death wall’ would strip in this room”

beds at Auschwitz

beds at Auschwitz

uniforms of the prisoners

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mugshots of prisoners

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block 4 extermination

block 4
extermination

used for public hanging

used for public hanging

Crematorium at Auschwitz

Crematorium at Auschwitz

inside the crematorium

inside the crematorium

glasses collected from prisoners

glasses collected from prisoners

prosthetics

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dishes, bowls, cups

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brushes, combs, grooming utensils

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luggage the prisoners brought their only belongings in

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these are shoes of the imprisoned children

these are shoes of the imprisoned children

shoes from imprisoned adults

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children, victims of Dr Josef Megele

children, victims of Dr Josef Megele

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37 year old woman weighing only 50 pounds

37 year old woman weighing only 50 pounds

 

Jewish girl from Hungary a triplet who was experimented on by Dr Mengele

Jewish girl from Hungary
a triplet who was experimented on by Dr Mengele

This picture.  I really can’t look at it but for a brief second, but it’s constantly on my mind.
She was only 2 years old.
That is near the same age as my child is now.
I just want to pick this innocent baby up and hold her in my arms.
I think of the pain that she had to endure.
She must have felt so alone.
Scared, hungry, and cold.
Screaming for her mother.

 

“Surely there is no more wretched sight that the human body unloved and uncared for.”
―Corrie Tin Boone

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6 thoughts on “Auschwitz: from a mothers heart

  1. Mitch Pearl

    Amy
    I cried looking at these. I am praying for you that God will comfort you and help you to know what to do now that you have seen this. I love you honey and look forward to hugging you ‘all’ soon. Love Dad

  2. Renee

    Amy, I am so proud of you writing about this. I agree, as a mom, even as a human being, it is unimaginable the horrors that many families endured. Yet, we are still cautioned to remember that this really happened. Thank you for helping us not to forget. I pray God will use it for good in your life. Much love, mom

  3. Loretta

    So sad. This is inhuman and it’s a shame that so many that did these things were never punished. They had to be SICK!! See you soon! Loretta

  4. An Anonymous Friend.

    what a fantastic job you did organizing this article.

  5. Stewart Geworsky

    These pictures are a real and constant reminder of the evil’s that were committed back then. God help us…may we never forget of what man is capable of doing to another fellow human being.
    I speak as one who had family back in that time and even have relatives who were in Auschwitz.
    Great job on organizing this article.
    God Bless!
    Stewart Geworsky

  6. Karen

    How sad and so awful history human have.
    Poor little girl,my heart is bleeding for her.

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