Hy Penn – 3/14/11
Faces. Young faces – pure and innocent with no worries and no prejudices. Old faces. Faces with wrinkles so deep I wonder what is hidden deep in these crevices. Could there be a hidden past buried inside?
Old men walking down the street in Munich… did that one round up my mother and her family and place them on a train to Treblinka or did that one tattoo a number on my mother and grandparents arm at Auschwitz…
Our young guide at Nuremburg made it clear that he could not be held responsible for what happened in his country not so long ago. But he felt he was responsible for not letting these events happen again.
Faces. These old faces passing by with their hidden past. Hopefully there is remorse. Hopefully they have taught the young faces – their children and grandchildren – not to hate… not to repeat the past.