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By Carol Ann Rittner

Students, clergy, academics and writers current stimulating essays at the subject matter that Anne Frank's Diary movingly symbolizes the triumph of early life innocence over totalitarian brutality. this can be of price for periods and examine teams with pursuits in faith and spiritual ethics, the Holocaust, ethnic detoxing, discrimination, the function of the person in society, and the daunting ethical dilemmas posed via rising nationalisms world wide.

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CR: Why didn't you leave Czechoslovakia when you saw what was happening in Germany? Didn't you recognize that there was danger for your country as well? HL: First of all, it was not as simple then as it may seem to you now. Yes, we were aware of what was happening in Germany, but we did not think it could happen to us. Not at all. It was happening across the border, in a different country. Now and then, some of our ethnic German co-citizens became very patriotic in relation to Hitler's Germany, and sometimes that took on slightly alarming forms, but generally, we felt safe.

What is left is silence, emptiness, the whisper of fir trees, and the broad, pale northern sky. It is possible, standing amid the purple heather and the birch trees, to feel overwhelming sadness but not horror, and this concerns some people. 18] next page > page_6 < previous page page_6 next page > Page 6 anger that prevents us from ever shutting the book on this history. Understandably, some people worry that memorials that do not explicitly show what happened offer an anesthetized, more comfortable, less graphic view of historya history that we can live with.

HL: I was told within the first few minutes by someone I knew, a doctor who had treated me in Terezìn. He told me that the actual purpose of the whole camp was annihilation. He told me in very brief, concrete terms, "Look up at the smoke. Can you smell it? Do you know what it is? It's a crematorium but not a normal crematorium. " He did not leave me in any doubt that I had arrived at the end of the road. I was so stunned by the horror of it. We were sent immediately to the so-called Czech family camp in Birkenau [Auschwitz II].

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