Sunday, 11 March 2012


Today we visited the Jewish cemetery in Lodz, which is the biggest Jewish cemetery in Europe, it holds a staggering 180,000 graves. As it was inside the confines of the ghetto it was also used as a 'burial site' for 45,000 people from the ghetto. It was a burial site in the loosest possible term, the bodies were unceremoniously dumped into mass graves and it is only through excavation have some bodies been reburied in individual graves. It was very eerie to stand at the site of a mass grave. We are angry that people still have not yet learnt the lessons of the Holocaust. Quite frankly, it is ridiculous that prejudice and oppression still exists and people need to stand up for what they believe in, otherwise we may as well forget about all of this as it is an insult to the memory of those who died that people still suffer prejudice. 

All along the inner walls of the cemetery there were plaques dedicated, by family members, to their loved ones who were murdered by the Nazis. This really upset us. To see the names of people who are still missed by their friends and families reinforced our message. Prejudice impacts directly on innocent people and it needs to be stopped. Seeing plaques that mourn beloved brothers or sisters or lovers and remembering that these people were murdered is a shocking site but it is one we will sadly encounter all the way through our journey. 

We are exhausted and are going for a nap just now.

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