Movement of Jews to Concentration Camps
The reading that we did for Tuesday about the Death Camps was certainly a hard pill to swallow, and definitely one of the more emotional topics I have ever read about before. It was certainly sickening to read accounts, and try my best to understand how someone could have what seems to be absolutely no regard for human life. The topic became much more hard to understand and emotional upon reading the first half Ordinary Men by Christopher Browning. This book has, and will still continue to be a hard read, because although I thought a lot about this before and recognized the amount of people actually killed, it’s hard to follow the people who became mass murderers on behalf of the Nazi Party. One hard section that really stuck with me was the Report of Experiences written by Lieutenant Paul Salitter. The lack of consideration for human life was just astounding to me, especially in how everything was worded in this report when talking about a human life: delivery, transport, unloading, etc. (28-29). This particularly got to me because they were even treated like cattle, these people were being treated like objects that did not have emotions, could not feel pain, or did not even need to eat. The man who wrote this report even comments on the high temperatures in these train cars and that his men had to eat their food rations in a certain amount of time before they spoiled (30).
I definitely shock my head during this part, because the conditions that 1000 Jews had to survive through while being stuffed into train cars was unbearable and unlivable but a man who was over seeing this transportation was complaining he had to eat his sausage in a certain amount of time. This is where I stand with my thought that although some people who did these atrocious deeds did feel bad for doing them, but they still did them none-the-less and there is absolutely no excuse for that. There are also the people who did not seem to care whatsoever and did not see the Jewish as people, and this is clearly evident in this report, and I cannot be more disgusted like a man cares more about a piece of sausage than a human. I know that as I read the rest of the book that I will become more aggravated and more disgusted, but I can only imagine that is how everyone else in this class feels.
Browning, Christopher R., Ordinary Men (New York: Harper Perennial, 1992), 28-29.
Browning, Ordinary Men, 30.
Image- “Original Boxcar Used for Transport to the Nazi Concentration Camps,” Taken 20 May 2007, Accessed 11 November 2015, https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f1/Breendonk071.jpg.