there were some who beat jews because they hated them, who joined the nazis because they agreed with them, who felt the only thing to do about jews was to exterminate them.
there were some who did it because they could rationalize it, because, as they said later, they were just “following orders.”
there were some who didn’t do it.
they didn’t do it not because they disagreed with it, necessarily, or because they knew about it. they knew about it.
they just didn’t say anything.
they could be you.
could be me.
could be any one of us.
auschwitz, and the other concentration and extermination camps, is not the bricks that made up its gas chambers and crematoria.
it is not the ss officers that made it run, that engineered the systematic destruction of over six million jews in just over two and a half years.
it is the silence of those who watched flames dance and smoke rise against a german sky, of those who knew what went on there and yet said nothing.
let us not build another auschwitz with our silence.