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The March of the Wooden Soldiers

Forever let this place be a cry of despair
And a warning to humanity, where the Nazis
murdered about one and a half million men,
women and children, mainly Jews,
from various countries of Europe”
Inscription at Auschwitz-Birkenau Read the rest of this article here.

December 3rd, 2010.

6 Responses to “The March of the Wooden Soldiers”

  1. demure lemur Says:

    I read this earlier and enjoyed it and went about my day. Then I was still thinking about it a couple of hours later, so I thought I’d come back and comment.

    Dreadful stuff escalates because right-minded people don’t call it when they see it. It’s hard to call stuff when you see it because, sometimes, you get punched in the face and everyone calls you daft because one person can’t make much difference in the grand scheme of things. The inmate who said ‘I’m not building this incinerator’ would’ve had the shit kicked out of her and died. Someone else would do what she refused to do. But, if you don’t call the dreadful stuff, it becomes naturalised for everyone involved and calling it becomes impossible. So it’s good to call shit when you see it, I suppose.

    On another note, it’s funny how much your writing style has changed since you wrote this.

  2. Eoin Says:

    Yip, that’s pretty much the conclusion I came to as well. Re: change in writing style. Can you really see me filing a piece like this for the Irish Times?

  3. demure lemur Says:

    Nope. But it’s not just the subject matter – it’s the style. You write much more grown-up now.

  4. Mary from X Factor Says:

    If only he acted as grown up in real life

  5. YankeeMick Says:

    @Mary from X Factor… Ooooohhhhh….BURN..

  6. Sharon Kehoe Says:

    Well done

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