The Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial - A Reminder of Needless Loss

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Published on March 4, 2014

Author: benripstein

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By Ben Ripstein

Introduction  An avid traveller, Midwest Motors, Inc., president Ben Ripstein has visited far-flung locales, from islands throughout the Caribbean to Poland, where his wife is originally from. One of Ben Ripstein’s most memorable experiences in Poland involved a visit to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and State Museum, which stands on the site of a German Nazi concentration camp where more than 1 million people lost their lives during World War Two.

About the Memorial  The Memorial presents visitors with a well-preserved glimpse of the horrors faced by people of Jewish, Roma, Polish, and other ethnic backgrounds, who were taken to the camp against their wills starting in 1942. The site strives to ensure that the world remembers the atrocities that occurred at Auschwitz-Birkenau, so that they never happen again. In that vein, a broader series of grave sites, memorial plaques, and monuments is set up along the route of the “death march” that took place as the Soviet army approached in 1944 and the camp was evacuated. The cumulative effect of this coordinated effort of remembrance is to honor those who lost their lives in one of humankind’s most needless tragedies.

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