Buchenwald

Deutschland. This land of mind-boggling realities.

Of economic prosperity, innovation, and industry. Of beautiful people, landscapes, and architecture. Of poets, philosophers, scientists, laureates and priests.

Not to mention the modern pleasures of the great autobahn, high-speed trains, bratwurst, Bundesliga, fine universities, and general German efficiency.

It is difficult to reconcile the paradise of present-day Germany with the tragedy of its not-so-distant past. This same land is home to great human atrocity. Gore, anguish, misery and indignity. Unfathomable horrors.

I visited the Buchenwald Concentration Camp yesterday. Hard to juxtapose the beauty of the city of Weimar against the horrors of the camp up the Etter Mountain nearby.

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For me, this is a reminder of our capacity for good on one hand, and utter contempt for humanity on the other.

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Lest we forget.

Jeremiah 17:9

“The heart is deceitful above all things,
And desperately wicked;
Who can know it?

See Katrin Figge’s article for a detailed description of the camp.

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