by Emmett Smith
My dad told me what people saw at Belsen a week or ten days after the camp was opened. People in newly-cleaned clothes and just starting to be fed would nonetheless drop dead while thanking the RAF and Army personnel. What you do not do is to go to one of these places in order to be seen on Tee Vee. You do not go to one of these places and preen and ponce about for the camera. You do not. It is wrong. If there are cameras in one of these places it is the worst sort of pornography. You go to one of these places if at all in utter silence and alone and with a bag over your head. And if we are ever going to make any human progress whatever in this vale of terror and horror, everyone on Earth somehow all at once must decide for good and all to stop using the sufferings of their forebears to keep the misery and agony and despair going today. Otherwise there will be more of these places.
[Emmett R Smith all text-rights reserved 29 April 2009]