Last days: “Gas chambers disguised as shower rooms were an efficient way to get rid of a number of people simultaneously during Nazi regime”, said our guide. The earth swept off below my feet. This tale of human brutality had broken us down to such an extent that we couldn’t take it further.
A day of Self Introspection
I wonder, who is to blame for this? We cannot blame a particular race for the Holocaust, not even a particular country. All of us, as representatives of the human race are responsible. A trip to Dachau is a lesson which every human being must learn. A former Dachau prison inmate aptly put it out in front of a German school class, “You are not responsible for what happened. But you certainly are responsible for preventing it from happening again.” We went away as enlightened human beings with a renewed sense of responsibility. May the souls of all those innocents rest in peace!
Recommended read: There is a lot more to learn and reflect on this dark period of human history. To those interested, I strongly recommend reading a memoir "Man's Search for Meaning" by Viktor E. Frankl. It is a moving story of a man who spent 3 years in different concentration camps while his parents, brother, and pregnant wife perished during the war.
About the Author :
"Megha and Pranay (alias The Trunk Travellers) are travelling around the world this year. An ex- Investment Banker and ex- Consultant by profession, they decided to take the greatest journey of their lives. They have visited over 30 countries together. Megha has co-founded the kitschy product label, Pitaara Handmade and is scouting for inspiration during her travels. They have been featured with LBB Mumbai and WedMeGood previously. You can follow their adventures and photographs on Instagram as well"