WARSAW (Reuters) – The former Nazi death camp of Auschwitz, with its museum exhibits, was in danger of flooding Wednesday following days of heavy rain that have brought devastation to southern Poland….
The open-air site is divided into two sections covering a combined territory of more than 200 hectares (500 acres) and includes some 155 buildings, the gas chambers, 300 ruined facilities and hundreds of thousands of personal items…
“We are continuing actions aimed at safeguarding the area of … Auschwitz II-Birkenau,” the museum authorities said in a statement.
“Overnight, high water levels on the Vistula … broke the security barriers,” the statement added. “The flood waters neared the western end of the site, threatening to inundate it as well as nearby villages.”
I don’t see the loss of Auschwitz as a great calamity. The place has been a symbol of hatred, persecution, of insanity. It is hardly a Mecca for the families of the victims, but it could be an inspiration to future madmen. I think a memorial to the victims at that site would be far more appropriate than to keep hatred, anger and bitterness alive by keeping Auschwitz alive. Maybe God is using nature’s fury to tell us to move on.