You can read about the Train 1000 in today’s news at http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/news-room/content/20150507STO53210/html/Schulz-in-Auschwitz-We-have-come-together-here-to-keep-the-memory-alive
1000 young people were brought on a train to Auschwitz to hear a group of old men speak today at the site of the International Monument at Auschwitz-Birkenau. These young people are being urged to “keep the memory of Auschwitz alive.”
The photo below was shown at the top of the news article:
You can see the same view of the monument in my 2005 photo below.
What this news article doesn’t tell you is that the International Monument was built on top of a road that led to the Sauna where incoming prisoners went sent, to take a shower, immediately after getting off the train.
The monument is between the ruins of two of the largest gas chambers at Auschwitz-Birkeanu. The location of the monument prevents tourists from knowing that there was a road which led to the Sauna.
Some of the prisoners, who got off the train, were given a shower in the Sauna while their clothing was disinfected, and they were then given uniforms fresh out of the disinfection chambers. This was done to save lives; that’s why there are so many Auschwitz survivors still alive today.
The incoming prisoners, who had been selected for work, immediately after getting off the train, were sent to one of the three disinfection buildings that were close to the train tracks. They were given a shower and then given clean uniforms that had just been disinfected.
When I visited Auschwitz-Birkenau in 2005, the disinfection buildings were off limits. I presume that today’s 1000 students were not allowed to see these buildings.
It is up to the younger generation to keep the Holocaust story alive. God forbid they should learn what really happened.