A glimmer of hope in the darkness

În perioada 24-28 aprilie 2023, un grup de 25 de elevi și zece profesori ai Colegiului Național Onisifor Ghibu Oradea au participat la o mobilitate Erasmus la școala parteneră Szkoła Mistrzostwa Sportowego din Wieliczca, Polonia. Această mobilitate a avut loc în cadrul proiectului Erasmus United we stand. Divided we fall, cu numărul 2022-1-RO01-KA121-SCH-000065509. Deoarece cel de-al doilea an al Acreditării Erasmus Educație Școlară are ca teme Incluziunea, Toleranța și Diversitatea, am ales vizita la lagărul de concentrare Auschwitz Birkenau, pentru a ilustra ce efecte a avut în trecut discriminarea și lipsa toleranței. (Prof. LUCIA CIGHIR)

As I walked through the gates of Auschwitz, I was struck by a haunting feeling that seemed to emanate from the very earth beneath my feet. The infamous concentration camp, where over 1 million people were systematically murdered by the Nazis during World War 2, stands as a stark reminder of the horrors of the Holocaust.

The main entrance to the camp, marked by the chilling words Arbeit Macht Frei, which mean Work will set you free, led to a vast expanse of barracks and watchtowers, stretching as for as the eye could see. I couldn’t help but feel overwhelmed by the sheer size of the camp, and the knowledge that each of these buildings had once housed countless innocent people, who suffered and died in the most unimaginable ways.

Walking through the different parts of the camp, I saw the gas chambers and crematoriums, where so many were sent to their deaths. The sense of horror was almost palpable and I couldn’t help but feel sick to my stomach at the thought of what had occurred in these very places.

Yet, amidst the darkness and sorrow, there were glimmers of hope. The museum and memorials at the site were a poignant tribute to those who had suffered, and a reminder of the importance of never forgetting the atrocities of the past.

Leaving Auschwitz, I was filled with a sense of reverence and solemnity. The experience had been a stark reminder of the darkest depths of humanity and a call to never forget the lesson of history.


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