Why I’ve been posting so much today

July 9, 2008 at 1:28 pm Leave a comment

So, today’s project is both tedious and emotionally draining. Tedious, because I am going through over 500 online Holocaust Encyclopedia articles to look for faulty links and images–this is going to take forever. And draining, because I have to look through every image connected to each article. Along with the requisite images of mass graves and emaciated survivors–and, to be fair, liberators, Good Samaritans, and partisans–I encounter a lot of succinctly disturbing photographs, like this one, taken at the time of Auschwitz’s liberation–those sacks are full of women’s hair, prepared for shipment to Germany. One of, if not the most disturbing thing about the Holocaust, in my opinion, is its administrators’ efficiency and foresight in planning. Gathering the hair of one’s victims, bagging it up, and sending it back home points to a certain “waste not want not” ethos that’s fairly nauseating in this context.


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