As we approach our last few days in Poland,
there were some things we knew
that we must see before we left.
These are places that are a sobering reminder
of Poland's past and a profound part
of its present too.
Here stands the aged gate to the
Tens of thousands of Jews who died in the
from disease and starvation
during the war found a resting place here.
The headstones are in disrepair and and the
grounds are overgrown and unkept.
And myriads were simply thrown
into mass, unmarked graves.
We also felt it was important to visit Majdanek
---a prisoner of war and
In this building thousands and thousands of Poles met their death as they were gased with Zyclon B.
Today a massive mausoleum honors the dead and their remains.
"Here are deposited the ashes of the victims."
It's not easy to see, to comprehend, or to write about,
but it is important to remember.