WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Holocaust survivors, politicians, religious leaders and others marked International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Sunday with solemn prayers and the now oft-repeated warnings to never let such horrors happen again.
Events took place at sites including Auschwitz-Birkenau, the former death camp where Hitler's Germany killed at least 1.1 million people, mostly Jews, in southern Poland. In Warsaw, prayers were also held at a monument to the fighters of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising of 1943.
I remember back in '79 going to Dachau concentration camp on a tour. Back then, they were still denying that it was a death camp, claiming that it was just a 'work' camp - not a death camp even though they worked the prisoners to death. Since then they've discovered that the shower heads in the shower room weren't connected to any plumbing so that kind of blew the theory about nobody being exterminated to hell.
Anyways, as we were walking from the parking lot through where the barracks once stood I noticed a crunching beneath my feet and was horrified to find that I was walking on bone shards.
Once we got to the exhibit halls that were once admin buildings, there were a few things that really struck hard - the rooms filled to the ceiling with hair braids cut from the female prisoners, the piles of eyeglasses that belonged to real human beings and the room filled with shoes but the worst by far was the crematorium. As I recall, there were only 3 ovens in there but all of them still had ashes in them. And the smell of burnt flesh - after 44 years, that stench was still there.
And people question why I support Israel - if some of these fucking American nazis had seen that I think they'd have a different point of view.