in a land of dreams
The name of the man in the picture is unknown. He was one
of the last to die in Europe's fascist holocaust. At the
end of World War II many of the Nazi concentration camps
were emptied. The prisoners were marched across the
land in late winter, without any real destination. They
were marched for 200 miles on average, poorly dressed,
and forced to sleep in the open with the hoar frost
covering the ground. One march ended when the survivors forced into a barn near the town of
that was subsequently doused with gasoline and set ablaze.
The fire was still burning when the Allied forces arrived.
Since this is far from any normal behaviour, and since the
perpetrators of the crime were not forced to commit the
brutalities they have committed, one needs to ask oneself
what monstrous lies have made the people responsible to
become so inhuman. We need to answer honestly, here,
since countless lies still deface the face of humanity.
Children lie to their parents and their peers, and grown-up's
lie to one another. People lie to their governments at
tax time and the governments lie to the people to be re-elected. But most of all, people tend to lie to
The question must be asked, can we afford the gamble to
live in a world infested with lies?
For details about
the photograph see, Hitler's Willing Executioners
by Daniel Goldhagen.
The photograph is a sample from the book.