This week, Auschwitz is celebrating the 70 year anniversary of the Soviet liberation of this atrocious death camp from World War 2. When I was in my late teens, I visited Auschwitz and it has had a lasting & profound impact on me. It is still unsettling and deeply disturbing what I felt as I walked through the gas chambers, barracks, between the barbed wire and more. I saw reams of cloth made from human hair along with many other things I’d prefer not to describe nor ennumerate. I’ve also done some reading by various survivors and their thoughts have left deep impressions on me, most of which are very constructive and valuable.
A quote that I’ve read several times that gets into my marrow is by Viktor Frank in his book, “Man’s Search for Meaning” – his observations while surviving various concentration camps in which he lived. Here was his take on life while he was freezing one morning working in a labor gang:
“The truth – that Love is the ultimate and highest goal to which man can aspire. Then I grasped the meaning of the greatest secret that human poetry and human thought and belief have to impart: The salvation of man is through love and in love.””