Today I remember the loss of Kazimierz Smoleń. He died on January 27, 2012 at the age of 92.
It is almost fitting this man of history died on the very day the Soviets liberated the Nazi Death Camp Auschwitz-Birkenau. Kazimierz Smoleń was given the number 1327 when he was taken to Auschwitz in Poland. He was housed in Auschwitz for 5 years. In April of 1945 he was moved to another location. He survived his 5 years of incarceration in the death camps. He made it out of the Nazi’s vision which was nothing more than a twisted nightmare for millions of Jews, Catholics, Homosexuals, Disabled, Elderly and dissidents. He survived.
Sadly, approximately 1.1 million others didn’t. He dedicated his life to truth. He shared his story so that others would be able to put a face to this mass murdering spree of the Nazis.
When those out there that like to pretend in some twisted world they live in that the extermination of Jews and others didn’t happen under Nazi rule. Tell them Kazimierz Smoleń and other survivors out there like him would strongly disagree.
Learn from these atrocities. Tell the world that violence isn’t the only way.
Today Auschwitz was freed.
The atrocities that were revealed to have happened shortly after the liberation of thousands of Jews of Europe shocked the civilized world. How could anyone do to another person what the German Hierarchy had done to the Jews, Catholics, Homosexuals, Elderly, Sick and mentally/physically infirm people? Singled out above all were the Jewish of Europe.
Kazimierz Smoleń survived the death camp and spent the rest of his life making sure that people didn’t forget what happened during World War II.
To survive was an amazing feat in itself but he lived to be 92 years old (we lost him in 2012). A chance at a second lifetime. I say a second lifetime because Kazimierz Smoleń didn’t know if he would live through the death camp. He dedicated himself to sharing with the world. Bringing out the harsh realities from the shadows and into the light with the hope of ending this type of darkness that live in men’s hearts.
Our world is plagued by people like Hitler, Goebbels and Mengele. We have daesh who propose they are keeping the word of their God, they are NOT. The warlords in Africa who wipe out entire villages of people like locusts in a wheat field. These groups kill for made up reasons justified by themselves as the right thing. Hitler and his henchmen had that same ideas. Now in the Middle East we have shells of cities because of daesh.
Kazimierz Smoleń lived and died trying to change the world in a good and positive way. Let us all believe what he believed. That goodness does exists. That the evil in this world perpetrated by selfish, ego driven, imbecilic morons will not last much longer. That the people who are victims of these destructive idiots will find the salvation that Mr. Kazimierz Smoleń found that day when Auschwitz was freed.
Kazimierz Smoleń I will always remember you and your bravery in the face of evil!