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Denise is making a journey to Auschwitz...

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By Denise Lester
Denise is making a journey she's been meaning to do for years. She's travelled to Poland to see the site of the Auschwitz concentration camps, and is overwhelmed by the sense of history and tragedy she sees there.


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Júlio Parreira
A very interesting video, a matter and a subject that we can never forget about, in order not to do it again!

Denise, Thank you for sharing this moment words cannot express real suffering, be proud for everyone who lost their chance of life in those very dark days. I feel very humbled that we live very good lives but always find something to complain about perhas we need a to look at life as a real expample of what every Jew in the second world war represented.

Jon - surely the whole point of video nation is to bring the views and experiences of everyday people to all. I don't think it matters if it is not done "professionally". In many ways short, amateur documentaries like this can have more of an impact. Thanks Denise. It was nice to witness a documentary from the heart.

Really made me feel hurt for the presenter of this, she seemed extremally sad which made it for me very much more easier to understand what had happened in peoples life then and the people who have lost family and friends now.

errrrm Jon....I dont quite know what your talking about in your comment but if you were talking about Denise then I hope that someday you feel the hurt that she must have felt going back to that horrible place. Denise, it must have been extreamly hard going there, and I can only offer my prayers to your past reletives and remember the dead. Sarah (aged 17, Essex)

Ellie Bryans
Your such a strong person for doing that and its painfull to think what some people went through.

I'm 17 and I live in Poland.Today is a special day not only for me but also for all Poles,especially for people who survived the holocaust.I'm watching TV and all the programmes which says about that tragedy and I'm crying a lot.Don't forget what has happened on 27th of January 1945.We have to remember... Thank you for the very personal video.

i have wanted to go to auschwitz sine i did two months of work at school in history and english, this has given me a better insight into the museum and has enabled me to make up my mind to go with a friend after my gcse's

Brian & Mary
Having visited Auschwitz,we found it very moving and thought provoking.

Great Idea, sadly, not enough emphasis on the museum, could have been done better by showing pieces,not commentater so much. Voice over would heve made better statement, just like Jon said. Otherwise, moving.

John O'Connor
Lets teach our children, less we forget.

Very serious and moving video. hard to belive this really happened. Absouluty shocking.

didn't tell us much about the tragedy,but showed how the help of the british troops is the reason some people are alive today

Angelika from Poland
Come to Oswiecim and see how people lived and died, next appreciate your holy life!!!

"Presenter" Jon it's a girl going on a moving journey,and realising that if we had'nt won the war, she would not be here,and makes you wonder if you would be in the same,place and time that you are.

A moving insight - my great-grandmother died at Auschwitz and I too now feel that I should go and try and appreciate the horror that she must have experienced

Would be nice if she said Auschwitz correctly, it's just something that annoyed me all through the video. However, seeing the suitcases and artificial limbs reminded me of how I felt when I visited the camp in 2002.

Very touching video, which has urged me into making more research of what take place, an gain a wider understanding

I think you gave over an excellent presentation. I wish there were more people like you ready to express their feelings. Good luck in everything

You do not need to be a professional to put across one's feelings of horror, anguish or grief when coming face to face with the grim reality of the death camps. Very moving and very brave, Denise.

I disagree with Jon's comments that Denise's presation is lacking in professionalism ,can he not read the 'sub text' he needs to look in the heart of Denise to see that what she feels cannot be delivered professionaly as it comes from within

Angel 007
very moving video i know a person who survived Auschwitz.

Very moving. I have visited Auschwitz myself a few years ago, and it was such an incredible experience, I'll never forget it

ceri and peter

Murray Podro
This showa very starkly mans inhumanity to his fellow man. That the German nation with its history of the arts sciences,music is resposible for these atrocities is unforgivable.

a touching story from a very emotional lady in what must have been a very difficult situation for her. the trials of those who suffered at auschwitz should affect each and every one of us, and i for one am very deeply moved, one can only imagine the immense sufferings that went on in that awful place, the reality must have been far far worse than imaginable.

Cs. Péter
A very personal report of what Auschwitz and the sight of the remains bring to the hearts and minds of people when paying a visit to the former concentration camp. A highly and exceptionally objective treatment of the subject, without discriminating any nations or groups of people for having committed the sins of World War 2, thus focusing our attention on the importance of WHAT had happened and not on WHO had committed. A very important step towards reconciliation without creating any new discrimination against the descendants of those having committed the horrors. That is a merit that fellow-Jews, politicians and other leaders should learn just like Denise or me have.

Jon's comment was harsh as this was a 'video nation' ie not professional presentation. Sometimes something less considered and more heartfelt is ultimately more powerful. How can you fell grief and personal pain professionally?

Bruno Trimarchi
thank you so much for shareing your thought with us. I know for me it rang true to my ear.

R Davies
There were gaps in the play of this video, which didn't help, BBC! Here we have testimony of a life produced against the odds. It is both heart warming and immensely significant. If the BBC wants to be at the forefront of this then it has to be much more involved. At the present it has only a recollection to wave. But there is so much more, so much more.

Very little you can say to describe the living nighmare that was, and is still for some, the Holocaust. I visited Dachau, a concentration camp near Munich in Germany, when I was 18 years old and found the whole experience profoundly moving. I recommend Primo Levi's 'If this is a man' for anyone wanting a very personal take of what life in the camp was like. It puts into words alot of what perhaps the presenter was trying to say.

I agree the video seemed a bit 'staged' I have been to Dachau camp in Germany & the feeling you get standing inside one of these is chilling

Tom Sullivan
How can anyone who knows anything about Auschwitz find a documentary be it amatuer or professional boring. Well done Denise

A very moving video.

S Samuels
Thank you Denise, for sharing what must have been a very hard journey for you. I myself have just found out I lost family in Auschwitz, and have pondered if I should go ever since. You have just made up my mind. It's a mad world.

Very moving.

A good subject, but the delivery of the "presenter" lacked professionalism and made a very serious topic boring.

Denise Lester
2.59 mins
19 Apr 2004
Video Nation London
England - London
Oswiecim, Poland

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