Tuesday, January 27, 2009

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On January 27th 1945, Soviet troups reached the Polish city of Oświęcim (better known by its German name Auschwitz), where they discovered its sadly famous concentration camp and freed the few remaining survivors. Since 2001 in Italy, Remembrance day is celebrated each year on January 27th to commemorate the victims of Nazism and Fascism, of the holocaust and in honour of those who risked their own lives to protect the persecuted.

This rose mounted on barbed wire stands outside one of the cells of the Risiera di San Sabba, a former rice-husking facility that was built in 1913.

After September
8, 1943, the Nazi occupation forces used the San Sabba premises as prison camp, headquarters where deported prisoners were sorted out to be sent to Germany and Poland, raided goods depot, prison and extermination camp for hostages, partisans, political and Jewish prisoners. On April 4, 1944 a crematory plant was installed and made operative.
(...to be continued)

15 comments:

Vogon Poet said...

Beautiful post and excellent image.

USelaine said...

Interesting post, Rob. I was able to honor the Remembrance in Willits in a roundabout way today on my blog. I visited Auschwitz in 1996. It was astounding, and everyone should see it, not just survivors and their offspring, but everyone.

brattcat said...

Powerful, very, very powerful. thank you.

Babooshka said...

It is such a poignant image when you read you words.

Eki Akhwan said...

The low angle you chose and the simplicity of composition make this photo very stunning. I agree with Babooshka, it's poignant.

humanobserver said...

poignant story and a stunning picture...

amatamari said...

Ho sfogliato il tuo blog ed è come se avessi visto Trst per la prima volta...
Grazie

Tamera said...

Sad and yet beautiful. The image speaks volumes.

Bolina Stretta said...

Questa foto e' cosi' bella, cosi' struggente, da togliere il fiato.

valeria said...

Una foto stupenda, Rob. Quella rosa rossa e perfetta è così commovente...

Chuck Pefley said...

The beauty of this image is that you are compelled to want to dig deeper and know what it's all about. Well done ... and may all victims rest in peace.

Carrie Hayes said...

Very powerful photo! Great job

angela said...

That's a breathtakingly beautiful memorial to those who lost their lives in this building.It's a very powerful image. Well captured.

Just M said...

This is a beautiful and powerful image. Thanks for sharing.

Fabrizio - ikol22 said...

Great captions and wonderful photo !