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The Final Solution

By Stockczech  
This is the last of my little mini series from Terezin. The National Cemetery outside the walls of the fortress contains hundreds of graves of those who died within, many without names. Hitler's 'Final Solution' was to exterminate the Jewish population of Europe, but at Terezin there were as many non-Jewish victims (this was not technically a concentration camp but a prison, and many of those who died here were resistance fighters or those who merely showed dissent against their Nazi rulers). At the other end of this cemetery there is an equally stark Christian cross.

Tags: Photo journalism War Black and white Genocide Stockczech

Voters: Sep, mrswoolybill, danbrann and 12 more

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Sep 15 1.3k England
25 Oct 2007 9:00AM
Good bit of photojournalism.
I've been to places like this,and try as you may,you just cant capture the feeling on film.
Well done.
mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.3k 2536 United Kingdom
25 Oct 2007 9:41AM
This is a very timely reminder of man's cruelty, descriminate and indescriminate. I've just been researching the story of Jane Haining, a Church of Scotland missionary who died in Auschwitz. Thanks for this series.
danbrann 17 640 17
25 Oct 2007 4:10PM
A super series although a little disturbing.. maybe because I am a coward and really feel for these people.
Stockczech 16 445 Czech Republic
25 Oct 2007 4:48PM

Quote:maybe because I am a coward

No Dan, you aren't a coward, just a human being. This was not somewhere I wanted to go - actually couldn't sleep the night before my visit - but I'm still glad I went (although I would never go back again.)

Thanks to you all for your comments on these images. I'll try to find something a little more cheerful for my next upload Smile
woolybill1 Plus
15 38 79 United Kingdom
25 Oct 2007 8:16PM
Thank you for this little series, which I have much appreciated - I'm sure you won't be offended if I say "enjoy" is not quite the right word. I loathe the attitude that discriminates against people who just happen to be different, but I regret that the demise of the creators of Terezin has not removed such attitudes from the world.
Thank you again.
imagio 16 12 1 England
26 Oct 2007 8:39AM
A timely reminder of the horrors that went on under the noses of mankind, lets hope its never repeated again.

riprap007 17 1.6k 37 England
26 Oct 2007 10:41AM
brilliant moving PJ series, so unfortunate that the message never ages
27 Oct 2007 4:45AM
I like the Black and White, to me, it just emphasizes the darkside of humanity represented in this. You explain with such compassion and eloquence. I especially like how you point out that not all were Jewish. It is a common misconception, here in America, that only the Jewish people were tortured and murdered. It is heavy on the heart but is important to remember and learn from the past. Thank you.

chubs 14 7 England
5 Nov 2007 11:50AM
The picture says more than words can ever say, I've been to a place the same as this and couldn't take pictures, it did its job I think about the visit often. The picture will always remind people of the past, its a shame people dont think about this when they are carrying out similar acts today.
NPHART 16 2 Canada
6 Nov 2007 10:24PM
This says it all. Mans' cruelty to man. Never forget, always remember. Thank you for the reminder. Nigel.
helenlinda Plus
15 374 22 United Kingdom
31 Oct 2008 11:01AM
Very powerful image
TommyStr 16 9 3 Norway
31 Oct 2008 12:06PM
Thanks for sharing this. Informative and chilling series..

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