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Breaking News: From Auschwitz to America

ve8QAd   |   November 13, 2000

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From Auschwitz to America


I’ll forever remember my visits this week to the concentration camps of Auschwitz and Birkenau in Southern Poland.  Over one million people were exterminated and abused in horrific fashion here before the camps were liberated in 1945.  It’s hard to explain the feeling you get when standing in a former gas chamber or gazing into ovens that disposed of so much humanity.  Many acres of nearby land contain the scattered ashes of mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles and grandparents – their mortal remains also thrown into ponds prisoners themselves were forced to dig. Some photographs and videos from my time here are posted online. 

In an attempt to destroy evidence of unspeakable atrocities, Nazi soldiers blew up two identical gas chambers/crematoriums.  Now, a memorial stands between the charred rubble of these former places of death, while in a vast expanse where rows of wooden barracks once stood, chimney stacks remain in eerie silence like skeletons, testifying to the mass murder of Hitler and his Nazi army.  Time will never fully heal the pain and anguish caused by such horrific deeds-these places forever poisoned by lasting memories.  My heart ached as I heard story after story of man’s inhumanity to man.

This week, as I march with the people of Berlin to bring attention to the atrocities of abortion, I am profoundly impacted by what I’ve seen. But perhaps what is more meaningful is what we don’t see: the faces of millions murdered because someone spread the lie that they were not human. We resolve that could never happen again. But it is. And it’s happening to people here in America, in our own neighborhoods. Abortion is a silent modern-day holocaust of precious babies being killed because people are spreading the lie that they are not human.

I believe that one day our nation will look back on abortion much as we do the Holocaust. Everyone will wish they could say they stood on the side of life. And our children and grandchildren will ask us: “What did you do to stop it?” I pray we will each be able to answer well.


For Life,

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Bradley Mattes
Executive Director
Life Issues Institute


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