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Smoke !

First sauna, then having a shower, afterwards taking a bath. Sauna is for strenghtening human defense normally. When you think of these words in connection to the nazi-regime they loose their meaning. Sauna and Bath are euphemistic words for the annihilation of milllions of Jews, Sinti and Roma, to mention only a few of those who got killed by the nationalsocialists.

"1500 persons were killed day by day in Auschwitz"

On January 27th 2007, the celebration of the concentration camp takes place. Auschwitz is synonymus with the Holocaust.

4 days before

Tuesday, 23rst. It is a cold winter day in January. There are only a few visitors in Birkenau. Ewa Pasterak show German students the so-called sauna : a room where they had to put off their clothes and lost their hair. Afterwards they died in the gas chambers without knowing it before. Inside the sauna there is an exhibition who shows those jews who have been in the camp. "The aim of this exhibition is to show the destroyed jewish world in Poland, who is beyond reclaim" says Pasterak.

Kazimierz Smolen still alive
Kazimierz Smolen is a 86-year old survivor ot the camp. When you ask him he will tell the story of his resistance to the SS. He can tell about it for hours. He worked for a polish guerilla organisation illegally and telegraphed news to an English radio station. He smuggled short messages written on cigarette paper out of the camp. "You can hide these pieces of paper or even swallow up" says Smolen, "you can write the number of victims on these papers or the names of the perpetrators."

Smoking cigarettes saves life sometimes.

An article written by Christoph Schennen; Photo: Christoph Schennen

czwartek, 25 stycznia 2007, beside2007

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Komentarze
2007/01/25 16:16:21
Tekst ciekawy, bo zawiera sporo roznorodnych zrodel, ale moze warto przemyslec jak te fragmenty polaczyc w calosc? Rownie dobrze po rozwinieciu moglyby byc trzy rozne teksty. Lekkie potyczki jezykowe i interpunkcyjne. Warto dodac kim jest Ewa Pasterak. I warto zwracac uwage na poprawna pisownie nazwisk.
zapraszamy do drugiej redakcji interjournalists