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As we got off the elevator, the air seemed heavy to me.. the mood was somber.. with the exception of a few people talking it was quiet.

Our students had work to do on this trip, so off we started.. they each had work sheets they had to do, and i chose to do one.. Chaperones didn’t have too..  

The opening floor was on the Nazi Assult 1933-1939, and there were 2 short films that we had to see. group A watched ” the Nazi rise to Power ” group B had to watch ” Anti Semitism ” and thats the one i watched..

As the film began, it showed pictures of people before they were taken; family portraits, etc. Well, this picture came on, and i was in dis-belief! there in that picture was my momita! or at least it look EXACTUALLY like her! same nose, same cheekbones, same hair, smile, etc!

What i did not tell you at the beginning was that this trip was a journey for me.. My Great Uncle was taken from his home in the middle of the night, infront of his family, and taken to Auschwitz, where he perished..

my heart was heavier now, then it was in the beginning of this journey after seeing that picture.

We went through, answering the questions, seeing pictures of hitler, and his men pictures of the things they did to people..

The Middle Floor : The Final Solution- 1940-1945, told about the Ghettos, Anne Frank and her family, and many different things, like Racial Warfare, Deportations, Warsaw Ghetto Revolt, Mobile Killing Squads, Rail Car, and so much more..

At this point, im not writting much on the paper, because i have had one melt down..

as we are walking through, we come to this irion gate that reads ” Arbeit Macht Frei “. at this point we are symbolically entering the Auschwitz death camp.

I sat on the bench and listened to ” Voices of Auschwitz ” recordings of survivors.. One woman was saying how everyday they were put in 2 lines.. one went to the Rail Car on the left, one went to the Rail Car on the right, and you never knew if you were going to the death car, or the living car.

i walked passed, and stood and touched a Bunk Bed in the Bunk House from Auschwitz..they put 9-10 people per bed!

i seen the Prisoner Bowls, that without these bowls, prisoners did not eat; they also used them to go to the bathroom in at night.

throught the middle floor, they had Video Pits, inwhich different videos played all the time.. from different things..gas chambers, burying the bodies etc. each pit is surrounded by cement walls so you had to look over them to see the videos. this way children could not see them, AND those adults who could not handle it, didn’t have to see it..

the one i peered over, i was sent into a meltdown.. they were doing medical expirements on CHILDREN! injection them with deadly dieses.. they used people ( even the children as human guinea pigs!

I seen a Scale Model of Crematorium ll at Auschwitz- this model showed the procedure from gassing, to putting thier bodies into the ovens...

Hair- prisoner’s hair was shaved off and sent back to Germany for in industry..

they had pictures on how they ” checked ” to see if people were Jewish.. there was a thing that looked like something you would pick up a block of ice with that they measured the head circumference, a tray of different color eyes ( not the whole eye.. just the color part and the pupil.. )

there was a display of oersonal things; brushes, and hair combs.. i have lost it again at this point..

There was the Hall of Pictures, that went from the 1st floor to the 3rd floor.. ALL pictures of those who lost thier lives from ONE city..im not even sure how many..top to bottom, side to side..

as we were walking through, looking at pictures of beautiful family photographs, single portraits, one of the students said ” look! ” and half way up.. in a ghostly shadow was the word ” HOLOCOST “..OMGOSH!

you know, its more than just hitler.. its the dr.s, the nurses, the people who ran the rail cars, to the people who documented EVERYTHING! how could on person influence so many?

Well, i will end here as i have written alot...

What happened to Emma? Her and her family( husband, daughter ) disobeyed orders and tried to hide with a Jewish family, but were discoverd.
The Family was deported to Gurs, a camp in Southern France. Emma and her daughter were separated from her husband and then transfered to yet another camp, Rivesaltes. Emma fell ill, but was relieved when a Jewish Childrens Aide society managed to get her daughter out of the camp.

  Emma was transfered to the Drancy transit camp in August, 1942. She was deported to Auschwitz on August 14, and gassed upon arrival..

 She was 48 years old...



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      Linni wrote Dec 4, 2008
    • Tori, im telling you, it was hard to type all i seen and felt for many reasons..and the most of it is because it would have been too long..they went through hell because of a sick man, and all the other people who helped hitler..

      thanks for reading my story, and commenting!

      Love ya!



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      Linni wrote Dec 4, 2008
    • Hi Joyfull..

       it was an expirence i will NEVER forget, and one that hit VERY close to home..

      i will look for that book, because you have me interested in it..the conditions were horriable, and they were treated like animals.. im sure Nazi pets were treated much better..

      You know Joyfull, honestly, i did not know how i would react.. it was like i didn’t think about it before ( in my life ) because i never thought id be at the Memorial..

      When i got off that elevator, time around me stoped, and it was a WHOLE different story..

      Seeing it first hand changed me in a way i didn’t know it would.. seeing it firsthand, gave me the opportunity to READ, and expirence thier lives as they went through this horrific expirence..

      I will now live my life TOTALLY different.. i will be more tollerable, i will be more loving, i will be more forgiving.. i will Praise more, and complain less..

      Thank you for reading my blog, and commenting..
      Blessings to you!
      Linni



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      Coachmombabe wrote Dec 4, 2008
    • Oh, my, Linni. It’s hard enough to read about your experience, I can’t imagine going through the museum myself. Or what those dear, poor people experienced. How can human beings treat their fellow human beings this way?



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      Linni wrote Dec 4, 2008
    • i don’t know either. they were ALL evil.. everyone of the Nazi regime...



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      Dee Dee Shaw wrote Dec 8, 2008
    • Linni,
      That must have been heart wrenching. I probably wouldn’t have been able to keep it together. I have read Corrie Ten Boone’s book. I can’t remember the name at the moment. But she shares her trials and faith. It is an amazing story of God’s protection. It is unfathomable to me how wretched mankind can be. Sadly, it has happened recurrently throughout history. And sadder still, I have this heavy foreboding that it will happen again, if not in our life time, then the lifetime of our children, or theirs. I am not claiming to be a prophet, but my heart tells me that we are well on our way. History repeats itself, and we never seem to learn.
      I know I am stepping way out there, and most folks on here already think I am a little weird. I don’t let this eat at me, or keep me preoccupied, but I am fully convinced that there is truth to what some of the ‘weirdos’ have been warning of for years. I just don’t let it rule my world.



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      Linni wrote Dec 13, 2008
    • Hi Dee Dee!

      i know of the book you are talking about! You know that the building where Corrie Ten Boone and the others slept was infested with lice ( or fleas ) and the germans didn’t go in there much... they didn’t want to get infested themselves..

      So she was able to share Christ, and we have her book.. what an AMAIZING testamony she has! Her love for Christ is AWSOME!



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