Kitty: Return to Auschwitz

This documentary - and the book of the same title - is nearly forty years old. Kitty has dedicated most of her life to Holocaust education. Many Holocaust remembrance organisations are eternally indebted to Kitty. She is a wonderful and impressive woman. Her written words and the documentaries she has made are amongst the most powerful and informative survivor accounts available.


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10 months ago

I probably shouldn't have picked Kitty Hart Moxon's testimony as my first one to listen to, not because of anything to do with her. It's because of me. How I react so intensely to certain things, but it's also because biologically I'm half-German and I have DNA that could prove so. Except now I hope I never have to.
I wasn't born in Germany. My biological father was. Then taken out and adopted by a German family living in America; he was a Kriegswaisenkind.
I was born in America and until last year, never even visited Germany. But I'm still biologically German & that might be enough to make some people angry at me.
Although the Jewish woman I knew in person, who lost family at Auschwitz, didn't hold it against me when I told her. She wasn't actually in Auschwitz herself, but her dad was (he survived) and the rest of her family were sent straight to the gas chamber the first day they came in. She used to tell me that "you'd think that was worse than people who stayed there until they were liberated but it was a blessing in disguise to be killed fast & not live through months of what it was like to live there."
Her dad talked them out of including him in the gas chamber by offering to be a "greifer" for them. He went around finding Jewish people who were hiding inside Germany. She wasn't happy with it.
She didn't blame the entire German race for what happened. She didn't even think that all the Germans of that era were guilty. Unfortunately, I feel utterly terrible abt what happened, mostly because I know that Jewish woman and was friends with her for over 16 yrs.
But there was this one part of Kitty's testimonial that upset me so much I needed to talk to a combat veteran about it, because believe me when I say it, that's the only person who could have handled it. Anyone else would've run 500 miles into the night away from me if I'd tried to tell them what I heard. What happened was so intense and so terrible I still haven't been able to return to listening to the testimony. I'm afraid I'll learn something else, as horrific as that, and fall to pieces again.
I don't feel strong but Richard, the combat veteran, said it wasn't supposed to feel normal. It happened during a time of war, he said, and that was a war crime. He knew a lot more about WWII than I did. He was born 5 years after WWII.