Tuesday, March 11, 2008

"Tender Mercies" article: more on Rudolph Hoess/Auschwitz

As I prepared to post this article on CE on Mercy Sunday, I came across this chilling link, courtesy of the New York Times, a photo album by one of the camp's commanders that reveals what daily life was like for the officers. What a startling contrast to that of the victims inside the camp!

What I appreciate about seeing this is recognizing that those who were running the camp were by all appearances ordinary people -- not snarling monsters devoid of soul. They had wives and children, took holidays and vacations. They picked blueberries and enjoyed picnics. And, together, the committed one of the greatest atrocities in human history, with millions of innocent lives exterminated.

In my article (published in the Lent issue), I reflect on how the mercy of God is so vast, so far-reaching, that any soul that craves that mercy can find it. In this album, we are reminded just how destructive the power of evil -- though not so powerful nor far-reaching as God's Mercy -- can be for those who do not seek out that Mercy.


Christine said...

Fascinating website. I just finished reading "Left to Tell", about the Rawanda genocide in 1994. It is chilling to see how human beings can become such monsters and yet still carry on life as usual.

I hope this isn't posting 3 times. So far it won't accept the comments.

elena maria vidal said...

Unbelievable. So terrible.