“For ever let this place be a cry of despair and a warning to humanity, where the nazis murdered about one and a half million men, women and children, mainly Jews from various parts of Europe“.
Here, through woods of southern Poland occupied by nazi army during WW2, beauty of the forests and ugliness of the human soul joined in a surreal embrace. Around here, Mother Nature continues undaunted to show off her majestic wonders. In here, man has shown the worst of himself, and all that eyes can see speaks of cruelty, annihilation, death, darkness.
Here and in many other places in the heart of Europe, reason has for many years lost its way, taming culture, arts, science and techniques to the blindest and cruel hatred, leaving unequivocal traces of how every man can become, in a few moments, the worst enemy of himself.
Here, the good have given up the action, letting evil triumph and staining themselves with all the good they have decided not to do. And if it is true that each of us has hell and heaven in him/her (Each of us has heaven and hell in him – The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde), it is from here, from hell on earth, that our journey must begin, in an attempt, if not to find out why, at least to understand what really happened.
“Memory makes us free”