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Nie Wieder

My Monday posts are, first and foremost, about historical memory. I conceived of them originally as an opportunity to knock knuckle-headed mythistory in a way that would be useful for the web community, because part of bringing our shared history into our living memory is a struggle against forgetting, especially in the form of covering over memory with comfortable falsehoods. Last week, though, I took a bit of a break in order to say some things about Martin Luther King Jr. and a history that most of us do know, even if only through a glass, darkly. This week, too, I’m changing the plan a bit; not to say anything, but to commemorate something that I have nothing to say about, because there are are no words.

This week, January 27, will mark the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz by the Red Army.

photo: Exterior of Auschwitz, today

Auschwitz

photo: Barbed wire perimeter fence at Auschwitz

photo: Gate of Auschwitz. Over the top are the words "ARBEIT MACHT FREI"

photo: Hospital block at Auschwitz; the last stage before the gas chambers

photo: Child prisoners behind the barbed wire at Auschwitz

photo: Detail of a lamp over the barbed wire fence at Auschwitz

photo: Memorial sculpture for the dead

KZ Dachau Memorial, 1999-06-23

photo: Memorial plaque, reading NEVER AGAIN - NIE WIEDER

KZ Dachau Memorial, 1999-06-23

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