Postcards from the Road, #8, Majdanek, Auschwitz, and Birkenau

The Rt. Rev. Greg Rickel, 8th Bishop of Olympia

When I last left you we had made it to Lublin.  Just outside Lublin was the death camp of MajDanek (pronounced My-Donick).  When I say outside town, I mean right outside town.  Today the city surrounds it.  It was kind of eery as we stood looking into the gas chamber where thousands were murdered, you could turn right and see a whole complex of modern apartments not 50 yards away.  Rabbi Poupko addressed the obvious question.  Why, with the town so close, when it was so obvious what was happening here did no one do anything?  He was gracious in his response.  He reminded us that the Third Reich majored in terror, of all those in their grip, the Jews in the camps and subject to all of what they went through, but also Polish, Catholic citizens, many of whom were murdered alongside Jews, for helping them, or aiding them…

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