Taking Pictures at Auschwitz

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There we were, standing in silence in front of a crematorium at the Auschwitz extermination camp. Our guide had already explained how her grandfather had miraculously survived four years in Auschwitz after being taken as a political prisoner simply for attending university. Many people stood with bowed heads, meditating on the tragic history.

CLICK! The sound of a giant DLSR camera shattered the silence. CLICK! The photographer nudged aside a fellow tourist to shoot the crematorium from a different angle. Two tons of human hair shaved from the heads of murdered prisoners to be woven into fabric? CLICK! A pile of dead children’s shoes? CLICK! CLICK!

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