Over 10,000 people from all over the world visited Auschwitz yesterday to honor those who were murdered in the concentration camp. They marched from Auschwitz to Birkenau, and placed signs on the tracks leading to entrance of the camp that read “never forget.” Writer Ilan Evyatar for the Times of Israel tells us his experience as he participated in the March of the Living.
Here, where evil reached its climax, where the unspeakable and unimaginable took place, where the worst that could happen did happen, they marched to say never again shall we be silent when innocent people are being slaughtered, never shall we stay silent in the face of evil, never shall we stay silent in the face of dehumanization and intolerance…
Outside block 27, I talk to Max Glauben, an eternal Holocaust survivor, who came here from Dallas, Texas.
Max says people should come here to see for themselves what happened in this place, because that is the only way to fully appreciate the horrors that occurred.
But he adds that what they should take away from visiting the camp is that they can, and must, choose between good and evil, and that they should be leaders not bystanders.
Above all, they should channel their energies to creating a better world, he says.