They stood aghast in front of the unfathomable piles of human hair and shoes, while holding on to each other for support. However, the moment of most impact came in a section of a new exhibit in Block 27 curated, designed and built by Yad Vashem. In a separate room is an enormous book as big as the room, the Book of Names, filling two sides of many, many pages listing the names of more than four million documented Jewish victims of the Holocaust.
Beside the names are the dates of birth and the place of death. We slowly realized that our students were searching through the lists for their last names and names of their family members murdered during the Holocaust. Many broke down in tears, realizing that if they were born in a different place and time, they, too, could have been listed in this book. Across from the Book of Names are photo frames with changing color photos of Holocaust survivors and their families, to celebrate the continuation of Jewish life.
"You are in control of your dreams. You are also imprisoned by them."-Mr. Barmore Walking through Birkenau makes you feel trapped just as the prisoners felt when they were kept there.
- the children who were gassed were forced to remove their shoes.
We are able to return home, an impossibility for the more than a million individuals who traveled these tracks.
My relatives lost in the Holocaust at Auschwitz