Notice that my 1998 photo above shows the same scene as the student photo, but the student did not mention the antique sentry box that is located near the camp kitchens.
This quote from the news article is what the student wrote about her visit to the kitchen buildings:
Of the many barracks we visited, one stands out in my mind — the kitchen house where Jewish musicians would play for the amusement of the SS men. I could easily imagine the musicians, their trembling lips on a trumpet, their skeletal fingers dancing a bow on the violin, creating music, a solitary remnant of beauty in a living hell. “
Nice writing, but the trip to the main Auschwitz camp, which is a historic place, was completely lost on this student because all she could think about was how the Jews were murdered by the Nazis. She didn’t even notice that there were several kitchen buildings. The shutters on these buildings are now closed so that students can’t see the huge stoves and the pots that were used to cook the food for the prisoners.
The following quote is also from the news article, cited above:
Life has a knack for continuously shaping our perspectives, for changing how we view the world through exposure to new experiences and ideas. These changes can be gradual or arrive in a sudden rush of mind-blowing revelation, as happened when my life was changed by my visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.
A history buff, I had been looking forward to this day for months. It was summer last year. I was taking a fun school course in Europe with a great class. At first, this was just another destination, albeit a momentous one.
But as soon as we entered [the main Auschwitz camp], my mood changed entirely. It was like a heavy weight was pressing down on me as I glimpsed the rows of barracks, barbed wire, the silent streets. I was haunted by the amount of misery, anguish and suffering that had occurred there, a sentiment reflected in the faces of those around me. Minutes earlier, everyone was chatting and enjoying themselves, even being a bit callous about what we were about to encounter.
The news article continues on with this quote from the young student:
But as soon as we set eyes on the gate [into the main Auschwitz camp], an unprompted hush fell on us all.
The arch above the gate bore the words “Arbeit Macht Frei — Work will set you free.” In retrospect, it seems fitting that such a place should have a twisted and deformed motto. After all, who would create such a place as Auschwitz except those utterly twisted and deformed of mind?
The truth is that, with their “utterly twisted and deformed mind[s],” the Auschwitz main camp was originally built by the Germans as a camp for migrant workers. From Auschwitz, the workers could get on a train and travel to any place in Europe. Auschwitz was literally a major “cross road” of Europe.
The news article continues with another quote, written by this young student:
It is astounding how meticulous the Nazis were. Nothing was wasted or left to chance, not even the geographical position of Auschwitz. Away in Poland, the Nazis could continue to hide the truth of the concentration camps from the rest of the world. [Auschwitz was far from hidden. It was a major railroad hub in Europe.]
Families were ripped apart, screaming children were torn from their mother’s arms. With a wave of his hand, an SS officer would decide a person’s fate: an instant agonizing death or the slow torture of the labour camps. But the deportees knew nothing of this. Instead, they saw each line split, people headed for the camp or the “shower room” to be “disinfected.”
Those sent to the showers suffered a grim fate. Through the vents and shower valves, a gas was released causing a slow agonizing death. It took up to 15 minutes for a person to die.
What kind of “shower valves” can have Zyklon-B pellets flowing through them? Did this young student mean “shower valves” like the ones in the Dachau gas chamber, which is shown in my photo below:
The student did not include a photo of the gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp. That could be because photographs are strictly forbidden in the alleged gas chamber now. I took the photo below on a trip to Auschwitz in 2005.
That’s all she wrote, and she rubbed that out.