My first visit to Salaspils, though brief, was a happy one thanks to the midsummer festivities. My winter return to V’s hometown took a darker tone with a long walk through the forest to the Salaspils Memorials, the site of Latvia’s most prominent camp under Nazi occupation during World War II. Established in 1941 and […]
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On the 80th anniversary of the start of World War II in the European theatre, it seems appropriate to share images from the Westerplatte Monument, one of the places where it all began.
V and I stood in front of the slate-grey door of the Sugihara House. We had trudged through the snow to get to this modest house, the only museum in Kaunas that was open on Monday, and our hopes of learning a chapter of its history rested on this excursion. I rang the doorbell; thankfully, […]
It’s difficult to discuss a site such as Majdanek in Lublin, Poland, where the Nazis built a concentration camp during World War II. After all, I’m a non-European born two generations after the events. However, my experience there affected me enough to try to share it as sensitively as I know.