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What I learned from the Holocaust

I am reading many books this summer. Most of them are about ghetto life during the Holocaust. When they move the peoples or groups it reminds one of the crimes that killers do. The experts always warn never go to the second scene or allow yourself to be moved by the perp, especially by a car.

This is crucial. The Nazis continually moved the Jews from place to place, ghetto to ghetto, train to train and finally from train to truck where many were gassed. Also from train to showers where many were gassed, all were burnt.

If you still don’t know what really happened to Anne Frank then I’ll tell you. She and her family were in a camp after they were discovered or sold to the Nazis. They were there about 3 weeks before being moved to Bergen-Belsen. Camp liberation was around the corner. She and her sister had the lice and the sores and succumbed to typhus just weeks before the end.

They were either buried or burnt after their deaths. Margo died first.

In Cup of Tears the author Abraham Levin wrote about the ghetto in Warsaw for a year and a half. I was looking for Roman Polanski’s Krakow ghetto but could not find accounts of it, like the Warsaw ones. Levin wrote up until he too was caught up in one of the last great transports to Treblinka. He was into the gas chambers and into the ovens before he could say a prayer.  Polish Jewry was no more.

If anyone knows of accounts of Krakow ghettos let me know. They are rarer.

People believe that only their people are great and wonderful and sainted. Why don’t we extend that to other groups and races? That’s what I learned from Cup of Tears but already knew as an anthropologist.