A CHILLING SIGHT …
This is a vehicle that is parked on Rt. 1 in the town next to the one in which I live. I guess it is there to advertise the tattoo business but it never fails to give me a sick feeling whenever I see it.
The generation of today seems to have no idea how the use of the words GAS CHAMBER can send chills down the spine of anyone who experienced or has read about the horrors of the Hitler years.
Of course it brings to mind my good friend Amy who is 90 years old and a victim of the holocaust. This is what I wrote back in 2006 after a short visit with her.
“I could tell that Amy was agitated and she confided in me that a woman had approached her and asked if she would write down her remembrances of her years in a concentration camp. She had decided to do it and, when I asked her if it was cathartic, she answered with a very strong ‘NO, and it is tearing me up inside...but it must be done. Pretty soon there will be no one left to record the facts and it’s critical that we don’t forget.’
One of the memories that she shared with me that day was when she was forced into the bus that would take them to the camp. It was difficult to breathe because they were packed in so tight and the Nazi guard let them open the windows. They were still in a city and at one point the bus had to stop on a busy street. A girl suddenly flung her small infant out the window. Someone caught the child and before the Nazi could see what had happened the baby was gone from sight.
Of course she was crying by the time she’d finished her tale and the only response I had was to cry with her.”
Can things like this happen again? Are they happening? I strongly support a person’s right to express their beliefs or lack of them but I still find this vehicle to be offensive. Am I way off base or
does it offend you, too?