There was a place in Poland called the Sobibor Death Camp. Probably few of us have heard of it or remember it. It’s an element of that great horror known as the Holocaust.
As this comment is being written, archaeologists are uncovering that death pit where thousands of Jews were murdered, many ushered into gas chambers within hours after arriving there.
There was a special documentary on television this past weekend about the evidence being unearthed at Sobibor.
The Nazis destroyed the Death Camp in 1944 when it was becoming evident that they were losing the war. Allies were closing in from the east and Russians from the west.
But already, archaeologists have outlined where the gas chambers were located, and they have sifted from the rubble items such as teeth, dentures, eyeglass lenses and other articles that are not biodegradable. An estimated 350,000 Jews were murdered there.
Then comes the question from some observers as to why we continue to review the horrors of the Holocaust.
Well the reason is simple: We should examine in great detail as well as commemorate such tragedy in our efforts to diminish man’s inhumanity to man. Given more recent events such as 9-11 and other mass killings — the most recent one this past weekend in a Texas church — it would appear we haven’t made much headway in that endeavor. But we must strive toward that end. International and domestic terrorism continue to dominate our headlines.
We must never forget what madness can be delivered by the malignant minds of such men as Adolph Hitler and others who embrace barbaric tendencies.
Most of those who directed and carried out the systematic murder of more than six million Jews are now deceased or will be in the very near future. But the story of that horror should never be diminished in any form.
One may Google the Sobibor Death Camp and read in great detail how it was constructed and the events that occurred there... events that might lead one to ponder the idea that man is the higher of the animals.