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A Lesson from Auschwitz


A Lesson from Auschwitz

César Chelala

At the main entrance of the Nazi camp at Auschwitz one could read: “Arbeit macht frei” (Work makes you free). The current trial of Reinhold Hanning, 94, a former SS guard at the camp, brings to mind one of the saddest ironies in that most tragic place. He is being tried in the court city of Detmold, in western Germany, for his complicity in the death of 170,000 people, when he was just over 20 years old. Hanning is not charged with having directly participated in the killings in the camp but prosecutors accuse him of facilitating the murders in his capacity as a guard.


And the Ws and Cheneys of this world get carte blanche.


Cesar, thank you for this honest post regarding the showing of the humanity of one person for another.


If only Zionist Israelis could feel and think like that.