Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Of Salaspils: Stuffed Animals

Like at many memorial sites in the U.S., somehow a location where innocent people die becomes a public memorial, which in turn invites flowers, and notes, and stuffed animals. The marker at Salaspils most festooned with stuffed animals was the site of the children's barracks, so one can see the connection. Contemplating the horror that happened at this and other Nazi camps is an overwhelming enough thought that you can't really fault anyone for how they decide to relate to it, but I do wonder who are all the people buying stuffed animals today to leave at the site -- perhaps those with relatives who died there as children?

Tomorrow, on to a happier locale!

No comments: