Here are my final thoughts about Majdanek, a former Nazi death camp in Poland:
Imagine you are driving down I-5, a super highway in California, and there is heavy traffic, with no place to pull over and stop. Imagine that someone says to you “Look over there and you will see a gas chamber building where the Nazis gassed Jews.”
You look out the window and you see two identical buildings, so you say “Which one?” Your guide tells you that the gas chamber is the building on the left, and that the identical building on the right was used for delousing the clothing of the prisoners.
You say: “Can I see the delousing building first?” and your guide says “No, you may not. You may not go anywhere near the delousing building and you cannot peek into the windows because they are covered.”
At this point, you say to yourself: “Something wrong!”
Then imagine that you drive a few more feet down this major highway, and your tour guide says “Look over there, that two-story white house is where the Majdanek Commandant lived with his wife and three young daughters.”
You are very upset! You say “Do you mean to say that three young girls were living in a house that was literally a stone’s throw from a homicidal gas chamber?”
Your tour guide says “Don’t worry, the wife and daughters were not isolated. This highway goes into the city of Lublin (pronounced Loo-Bleen), which is only a few miles away. Lublin is a major city.”
You say, “But the three children must have been very unhappy because they were cooped up in the house, and could not play outside.”
Your guide says, “No, the girls played outside every day; their yard was very large and they had a doll house and a swing set.”
You are appalled! Little girls playing outside, while, a few yards away, Jews are marching into gas chambers to be killed.
That’s when you begin to understand that the Nazis really were the worst people in the world.
End of Story