"Each time I come, I try not to speak for a day or two or three and just to go back and find the silence that was in me then. And then I say to myself, 'how many of us did not live and simply vanished?'"
"The imensity of the place, it's a universe, and when you think of the numbers, a million, a million and a half people, just think a country or a city that has a million and a half inhabitants, and simply vanishes."
"I come here and I try to see the invisible and try to hear the inaudible, and I always see what I had seen the last time I was here."
"Some voices are still here. I think that the souls are still here, and they listen, they cry, they warn."
"This is the largest cemetary in recorded history. And what do you see? Nothing. But, the cemetary is in our heart."
"I remember the first impression I had when I came, when we came. It was at night, midnight, and it was with all of the lights on. Projecters, dogs, shepherds, german shepards, SS with machine guns, but the vastness, the vastness of the whole place. And we didn't know, that's the main thing. We had no idea what Auschwitz was. I never heard the word Auschwitz. Nobody knew what it meant. Look, had we known, we would have run into the forest."
"There were fires, the crematorium was just throwing its flames in the sky. I thought first of all of Mrs. Schachte, with the flames, who saw the flames, saw fire.
"I had a very strange idea, I was thinking 'maybe it's the end of history', and I thought 'maybe it's the end of Jewish History', and then I thought 'maybe it means the end of times."
"I have seen so many things in my life, I still don't grasp it. It must have some meaning, what does it mean? That evil can triumph? We knew that. That humiliation exists? We knew that. But of this, which was a scandal on the level of creation. I have no answers. I know I have a certain indications, that suffering doesn't give any privilege. But if I have moral philosophies, I don't think I should accept other people's suffering because I suffered. Just the opposite, because I have suffered, I don't want others to suffer. But this is not an answer."
"What we realized here is that nothing mattered. Fame mattered nothing. Titles meant nothing. Positions or possessions, nothing."
"First, we were deprived of our address, then of our citizenship, then of our home, then of our family, then of our name, then of our life."
"The world shrank, the country became the town, the town the ghetto, the ghetto a street, the street a room, the room a cattle car, and then the gas chamber, and then the ashes."
"It was arranged like that to tell them 'Don't worry, you are going to take showers.' And the SS began pushing, and clubbing, and shouting. So, then the panic broke out- it was too late, they were already inside. And then they dropped the gas, and then..."
"Everything was programmed, everystep was programmed, like a scientific labratory. And what did they achieve? Death and more death. It was a machine, a factory. A death factory. Here, you can go farther. Here the God of Aushwitz was the god of death."
"In truth, I can confess that I can not go inside. I don't want to see in my mind what was going on. No. This almost- stop. we must stop. Let them be alone as they were alone.