Posted 27 February 2011 - 01:36 PM
Believe it not I have an absolute interest in this subject, for some reason, not really the best subject to have an interst in but there you go.
I feel very strongly about this and these stories need to be told and taught in schools, no matter how distressing it is, my way of thinking, right or wrong, we cannot bring these poor souls back, but if we can stop it happening again anywhere, then those poor souls have not died in vein. Let it be held a lesson to us all, no matter who people are and where they come from they are all humans and should be treated with respect and dignity.
There was a film on the telly many years ago now, I think it was the middle 80s it was on BBC2 and they said they would only show this film once and never again, and they made it as realistic as they possibly could. So I sat down to watch, being in my middle 20s it was absolutely horrendous, I actually only manged to watch it for about 3/4 of an hour, and I just could take it any more it had to be turned off. Can't for the life of me remember what it is called, perhaps some on here knows.
But I have watched something called "Shoa" (not spelt right) and it was 26 hours long, again it was shown on BBC2 absolutely riverting stuff. It was shown in "bits" of about 1 to 2 hours long I was setting my watch by it, when it finsihed jobs were done, when it started again jobs were left. Basically, it was just people telling their stories and what they remembered, no archive film, the camps were shown as there are today and models used, it was riverting and shocking at the same time, and what really got me and I have never forgotten it, was the fact that I always believed that the camps were "tucked away" somewhere quiet, but they were not, take Auschwitz there was a farmer plowing his filed right next door to the camp, I was completely "blown out of the water" could not belive it. Then there interviewed a man in Poland, can't remember where and there was a camp by the railway station, not one I had heard of before and the man said they could not understand why the camp would be full and then 2/3 days later it would be empty, they decided amonst themselves that the Germans must have been running trains at night to take them away, I will never forget that as long as live.
Sorry to rattle on, but as I said I do have an interest in this, god knows why, but I do.
Laid forgotten but not by me, now I have found you are forgotten no more.For my Grandfather William Pritchard KIA Lone Pine Gallipoli 1915