Task: Post a quote or a piece of poetry about the ravages of war. 

 

In the summer I went to a reading of Etty Hillesum´s diary at the Ladelund Concentration Camp Memorial. I don´t know if you are familiar with this concentration camp. During the last days of WWII prisoners, especially prisoners from Holland, were interred in this camp. They were forced to dig a trench during the winter, standing in freezing cold water, without getting proper nutrition or medical care. Over the course of 6 weeks about 300 prisoners has died (the highest death toll over the shortest amount of time during the whole war) and the memorial in Ladelund stands as a reminder for the atrocities that has happened there.

 

Etty Hillesum was a 29 year old teacher, who died in the concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau and who has written a diary during her time in the camp up until her death. The reading was inspiring and harrowing at the same time.

 

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