Quite a few people asked where they can see a preview of my book ‘Auschwitz – 70 years on’, so I have made this video showing some of the pictures.
The project was undertaken as part of ancestral research, I visited the most potent symbol of the holocaust. In July 2013 me and my family undertook a trip to Poland, Latvia and Kaliningrad (previously Königsberg) to trace the places where our ancestors had lived until the 1930’s. With numerous pogroms taking place in the first half of the twentieth century, some had already made the journey to Britain before the rise of the Nazis.
All our family members who remained in mainland Europe had perished either in massacres in Riga or were rounded up and transported away from their homes in Poland to the Warsaw Ghetto. Residents of the Ghetto who hadn’t succumbed to the appalling conditions or died in the uprising were killed at Treblinka.
Visiting the Warsaw Ghetto and our ancestral residences was extremely enlightening. After the trip I felt that I needed to visit a concentration camp in order to complete the journey. When the opportunity arose in November 2014, I joined a CST trip to Auschwitz.
On the 70th anniversary of its liberation, this book is a portrait of the camp as it is now, preserved since 1947 by the Polish government as a museum. In 1979, it was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.