MOTL Youth Blog 2018
Memories & reflections from the 2018 youth delegation
Today was an array of emotions ranging from a wide spectrum of sadness and sorrow to one of resentment and pure anger. Upon arrival at Radegast Train Station, a sense of oblivion awaited us in the sense that nobody knew what we were going to see.
Little did we know that what we saw encapsulated the brutality inflicted upon our brothers and sisters. Train tracks awaiting the transportation of millions of Jews to their fate: death. Not to mention, the hundreds of thousands that perished during the journey to the concentration camps.
It is very rare to experience and feel something so deeply that one cannot conceptualise what they are feeling at that exact moment in time. And this was the case when we went to Chelmno- a place designed to poison Jews with Carbon Monoxide. The general viewpoint was one of utter horror and disbelief in the inhumanity that was carried out onto innocent people who were murdered for being different.
Murdered for challenging the moral conscience of the Nazi's which was the complete opposite of what their ideology encompassed.
The stories that we were told were put into perspective, and visual evidence was brought to the forefront at the Chelmno forest where masses of Jews would be shot and killed on the spot.
Moreover, not only was the atrocity of six million Jews being brutally murdered put into another viewpoint and the true magnitude of loss felt by all, but also the emotions that were felt collectively, as a group today.
From today onwards, it is imperative that we ask ourselves pressing questions and moral dilemmas that people had to face. And not necessarily having to answer them, but internalising those feelings and using such an atrocity to better ourselves and improve our own values and ethics as individuals.
After a long and monotonous journey, we reached Kraków. Where we headed off to the Old Town. This was the perfect period in which we could liberate ourselves from what we had seen earlier and remind ourselves that there was a very small distinction in distance between a normal and functioning society to one of inhumanity, during World War 2 and most importantly, the Holocaust.
All in all, today was an emotionally draining day where we, collectively as a group, managed to deal with it in the best possible manner by using each other as support pillars. I am very grateful for having seen and experienced such a surreal encounter that I was privileged enough to have embarked on with all of you.