Today I read a news article, which really shocked me: http://atlantajewishtimes.com/2016/05/never-forget-still/
The article is about what Jewish children are taught today, regarding the Holocaust.
For example, this quote is from the news article, cited above:
Majdanek was much more than a death camp. The couple who ran it invented murderous techniques such as dragging a body behind a motorcycle and skinning women to create art canvases.
I still could not connect with the stories we were told, but it all became real when we were taken to the mountain of ashes. Those were Jews. Those were victims. Those were the tortured. Those ashes were once human beings. The relatively small mound of dust and bones represented countless human beings — unidentified and unclaimed.
I could not and still cannot fathom how those ashes used to have arms, legs and heartbeats. Right before we went back to the buses, I looked down and saw scattered bones. I finally felt the devastation of the Shoah.
What was the name of the couple who ran the Majdanek camp? I have never heard that story.
Where are the “art canvases” that were created, at Majdanek by using the skin of women? I have never seen them.
I have an entire section about Majdanek on my website at http://www.scrapbookpages.com/Poland/Majdanek/index.html
Start with this page about Majdanek:
One thing about the Majdanek memorial site that this young Jewish girl completely misunderstood was the Mausoleum. I wrote about it on this page of my website:
The following quote is from my scrapbookpages.com website:
A gigantic, circular Mausoleum at the Majdanek Memorial Site stands at the end of the former “black path” to the crematorium, a walkway that is now called the Road of Homage in English. The structure was designed by architect and sculptor Wiktor Tolkin, the same man who designed the Monument of Struggle and Martyrdom at the other end of the walkway, near the street.
The dome of the Mausoleum is pockmarked, as though it had suffered bomb damage in the war. The English translation of the inscription on the frieze of the dome reads “Let our fate be a warning to you.”
Under the dome is a huge circular urn, shaped like a saucer, which contains the ashes of some of the victims at Majdanek. Before visiting Majdanek, I had heard about the ashes and wondered what kept them from blowing away in the wind. The answer is that the ashes were recovered from a compost pile in the camp, where they had been mixed with dirt and garden refuse and composted in preparation for spreading on the vegetable garden in the camp.
The material under the dome looks like compacted dirt, the color of adobe. There are a few bone fragments visible. To the left, in front of the steps, are four containers to hold eternal flames for special ceremonies.
Let’s get back to the article written by the young Jews girl. The following quote is from the article:
I stepped on each plank of wood on the train track [at Auschwitz-Birkenau]. The planks seemed to never end, but when I reached the camp [entrance] gate, I sighed. I knew I could walk out and return to my reality, but for the deported men, women and children, Birkenau was their reality.
The most common mode of mass killing in the Holocaust was the gas chamber. I learned about the gas chambers in history classes at home, but stepping inside one [in the main Auschwitz camp] was nothing like the textbooks. There were smudges of blue on the floor and walls from the Zyklon B poison tablets. The walls had scratch marks from people trying to pull themselves up for a last gulp of air.
With the exception of one young girl shielded by a larger woman, no one survived the gas chambers. Jews went into showers thinking they were gas chambers, and they went into gas chambers thinking they were showers. Life for them was one giant question mark.
I looked at my shoes and thought to myself how hundreds and thousands of bodies were beneath my feet. Death was right below me. And it was one of the smallest gas chambers: It killed only 700 people a day.
“hundreds of bodies were beneath [her] feet”?
Are visitors to Auschwitz told today, that the bodies of Jews who were gassed, are buried beneath the alleged gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp?