Auschwitz is a museum today, visited by millions of people annually; however, the event it represents – the Shoah (Holocaust), still cries out, demanding justice for innocent victims murdered in its gas chambers. An article in The Guardian captures the enduring legacy of hatred and the impact the Shoah has on the world today; it states, “As at Auschwitz, the gates of hell are built and torn down by human hearts, a wrenching debate about anti-Semitism in Poland’s past leads us, in the end, to ask questions about ourselves” (Ash, 2009). How could this tragedy happen?
Regardless of your faith background, it is nearly impossible to formulate an answer for the evil and hatred that occurred during the Shoah across Europe. There is also difficulty in comprehending the destruction of the rich Jewish heritage and culture in Poland. Like all forms of hatred that occur, whether in history or in our world today, we are left with one decision: