|Approaching Auschwitz on the Ferry in 1992|
|Winter sunset at Auschwitz 1992|
|Crematorium remains at Birkenau 1992|
|Zyklon B crystals Majdanek Camp Museum 1992|
|Detail at the Children's Memorial at the Jewish Cemetery, Warsaw|
|Unkempt Jewish Cemetery at Lesko, south-east Poland|
|The compression of time into an instant image. Birkenau - the 'Little Wood'|
[Behind the main Birkenau camp there were two more crematoria, Krems IV and V. They were considerably smaller than II, and III but were still of sufficient size to kill many people each day.
|Ghosts of Warsaw inhabit Próżna Street|
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There is such a danger that the familiarity of this profoundly evil conception has made too many people indifferent, or as we have seen, irrational and self-serving in expressing denial that the Holocaust occurred at all. Such men are creating yet another opportunity for nameless aggression towards our fellow man and the incomprehensible cruelty and murder of untold numbers of innocent children.
We seem in 2015 to have regressed to living once again through the Old Testament in certain parts of the world.
The great author W.G. Sebald, one of the most original voices of our time, believed that we as 'civilized' human beings have not yet been able, or more frighteningly, even desired, to come to any mature spiritual or moral terms with what actually happened during those terrible, almost unfathomable years of insanity. I agree with him completely and until this happens the barbarians who have already breached the walls remain a murderous force within the castle grounds.
And no, I am not Jewish, Polish or even particularly religious, simply human.
The recent photographs and film of ISIS atrocities have a ghastly familiarity do they not?
The metaphor changes, the landscape and cultures hosting atrocities alter, unexpectedly religion enters the frame but the terrifying and brutal inhumanity of man against man remains the same.
The price of freedom seems always to be unconscionably high.
A Country in the Moon : Travels in Search of The Heart of Poland (London 2008)