The first transport of 728 Polish prisoners arrived at Auschwitz eighty years ago, on June 14, 1940. In honor of those first Polish prisoners, I want to highlight what may seem incongruous to many: music in Auschwitz. Two recent reports highlight Polish political prisoners who composed music at Auschwitz. It’s fascinating history, and a reminder that even in the darkest of places, the human soul can stay alive through the power of music. Continue reading
Auschwitz and Holocaust Remembrance will always be intertwined. I visited Auschwitz in October 2013. But I really began seeing Auschwitz in 2002, through the eyes and memories of a Polish political prisoner.
Films and books that feature WWII, the Holocaust, and Nazis, will always hold interest for millions of people. What is a more recognizable enemy than Hitler and Nazis? The Holocaust and the rise and fall of the Nazi party hold a unique place in modern history as the most widely documented genocide and sinister enemy. Why? Meticulous German recordkeeping, thousands of memoirs and reference materials, and international institutions and museums dedicated to remembering the Holocaust. Consider how film and books treat World War II history.