A Statue at Dachau

…It is that simple statue that stays with me.  It’s called “Unknown Inmate,” by Fritz Koelle, and he was apparently an inmate there briefly.

The inscription reads something like “To honor the dead, to warn the living”  Notice that the man is standing with his head up and slightly to the side, his eyes straight ahead. His feet are apart and not pointed straight  ahead, his hands are in his pockets and some buttons are undone.  These are simple things that any of us can do any time.  During his time as an inmate, any man who did any of these things during that roll call would be tortured, maybe even killed.

This man in the statue, this former inmate, does all of them with no concern.

via A Statue at Dachau (Don Ward).

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