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Concentration camp - MajdankeSome of the letters received since this site was created in 1997 are published on this page to show the variety of visitors and the passionate feelings they felt after seeing this site. If you would like to add your feelings or thoughts, please send e-mail to: Terese Pencak Schwartz


Sat, 24 Feb 2007 Hi Terese - thank you for giving awareness to the "other" holocaust victims. My great-uncle was aNorwegian political prisoner at Dachau. Not many people or organizations give credit to the others who had courage to fight the Nazi's at that time. My uncle after many years wrote a diary of his experiences going from labor to labor camp outside of Bergen, Norway to finally being transported to Dachau. I still get emotional everytime I read it. If people just understood how events like this are still possible in our society today! Perhaps there is a way that his diary and legacy could be on the web so that other can realize what happened to the other millions of people who were victimized and persecuted for there beliefs and convictions of doing what they thought was right. Thanks again.
Karilinn Sommers

Dear Mrs. Pencak Schwartz:
I was born shortly after W.W.II in the US I hold advanced degrees in medicine and I had considered myself an educated man with a particular interest in the War. I have been to Poland, visited Auschwitz, and I came away humbled and shaken, but still I was not aware of the magnitude of the tragedy suffered by the Polish people in W.W.II until now. I wish there was a way to apologize for tolerating such ignorance for so long.
J.W. Seeds

Concentration camp worker Thank you for this site. My father, Jan, spent five years in forced slave labour in Germany during W.W.II - from the age of 14 to 19. It was an unimaginable and horrific period that he tried to block out. But, it stayed with him for life. He died 18 months ago and never told us fully about his experiences during the war. The stories in this site provide us with some greater understanding. Thank you. Jim Piotrowski
Australia

Terese,
I've read your web page and it left me thinking very much about how miserable the human being can act. I consider your site is as a space to meditate about all those people, who die without a cause, their only crime was had been to belong to a different race. Many of this people had dreams and had families, a life to live. Of course, my comment is: WONDERFUL SITE, IT DESERVES A PLACE HEAVEN! !
Thank you
No Name

Execution wallMs. Schwartz,
Thank you for your information on non-Jewish Holocaust victims. I am a teacher and I have been searching for the information that you have shared. My students will now know about ALL of the groups effected by the Nazis.
Dyanna Boone

To the creator of this site,
I would like to say that your web site is wonderful, and very educational. I am a 16-year-old boy from a small town but I want to make a difference. As many say I cant, and people just walk away... but I don't want to walk away I wanted to know if there are any organizations that I could be apart of to make a difference. I know there are some but none for Catholic's that I know of. One of my relatives died at Auschwitz and was a non-Jew, who I believe, came from Poland. I must again comment on how well you portrayed and how you remembered the ones who were non-Jewish but were still victims of this horrible time. If there is any way I can help please inform or contact me. Thank you so much for your time.
Sincerely,
Andrew Buttermilch

Thank you so much!
Since I visited the Holocaust museum when I was in 8th grade, I have been enraged by the fact that we are constantly reminded of the "six million Jews" who were murdered in Nazi concentration camps, but no one gives a thought to the five million homosexuals, political dissidents, Gypsies, Poles, "hereditarily ill" (that is, physically or mentally disabled), and any other non-Aryans. Thank you for dedicating space on the web to the "Five Million Forgotten." I wish there were more people like you.
Diana

Hi:
Thank you for remembering and starting this Web site. There is a voice for the others who were conveniently "forgotten".
Lou Andzik

Hello:
I went to your site about the Poles of the Holocaust because I run a web page about a Jewish Survivor. My site is: http://members.home.net/captainhall/david.html A girl sent me an email about her school project on the Holocaust, and she asked me who the other victims of the Holocaust were. I did a search on Ask Jeeves and found your site (actually on About.Com) I read your page and was quite moved. Thank you for sharing. If you don't mind, I would like to add a link to your site from mine. Keep up the good work.

Although I was born a Jew, I feel as you do that religion has nothing to do with the disgrace of the Holocaust. The horrors suffered by non-Jews are no less important. And while we are at it, the slaughter of American Indians, the nuclear bombs dropped on Japan, Black slavery, etc.. are examples of how the Holocaust can happen anywhere there is hate, extremists, fundamentalists, and those who simple don't concern themselves with "others".
Thanks,
Rick Hall
Web Master of David's Story

Dear Terese,
I have read your account about the Five Million Forgotten a number of times, and am appalled each time I read it. We are not Jewish, but my husband is of Polish descent. His parents immigrated to this country some years before Germany occupied Poland, but they left their families in Poland. To our knowledge, none of his family members were routed up by the Nazis. When the Soviets took over the area where they lived in Sokolov, Poland (which is in the southeastern part of Poland), they lost their property. Only wish we knew more of what went on after 1939. My husband and I are the only ones of his family to visit Poland, and we did so when he retired in 1990. We actually met 5 members of my husband's mother's family, and 1 uncle and aunt on his father's side. This was made possible with the dear help of the Catholic Pastor of the local church in Sokolov. This was the highlight of our 3 months tour of Europe. We were so happy to meet them and vice-versa that we all cried when we left.

Getting to the point of my writing to you, have you ever thought about trying to get a movie director or movie for TV director to make a movie of the Five Million Forgotten? It's a great title for a movie. This is something that should be done for everyone to know. We just hear about the Jews being killed (which was horrendous), but nothing about the other five million non-Jews, who were also murdered. Everyone should be included in the truth. It's like going back to Roman days when the Christians were thrown to the lions, etc. I would not know where to even begin with my idea, but maybe you would be able to get somewhere. I sincerely hope you can. This is some wonderful research you have done, and thank you for enlightening us.
Sincerely Yours,

Dorothy Smotrys

Dear Terese:
My father was the Polish home army (A.K.). I had the privilege to return to Warsaw for the Uprising ceremonies. His pseudonym was Konrad and he was a team leader in the battalion "Kilenski". With tears in his eyes he spoke of the old town fighters. "They were the best", he said. We met with some of these war heroes and I will forever know my soul, as someone of Polish heritage, will be forever proud. My brothers and sister think I'm crazy, but they just don't know. Strange, but we don't hear about the horror stories that the Poles experienced as a country. The street corner memorials throughout Warsaw that year (1994) left one to think.
P. Grzywacz

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