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Budapest Days: The Act Itself is Creepy

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Creepy.”

The Daily Post WordPress Photo Challenge theme is “CREEPY”.

This photo and what is represented in it is NOT creepy.

The act itself is.  Please continue reading. . . . .

A passion of mine is travel and the learning of history through the means of my never ending wanderlust and discovery. Being a history teacher, a yoga practitioner and currently working at an international educational non profit organization, called Facing History, whose mission is to engage students of diverse backgrounds in an examination of racism, prejudice, and antisemitism in order to promote the development of a more humane and informed citizenry, I am faced with not so pleasant histories and human cruelty of the past and present.  With this, I am also uber reflective and philosophical about the nature of man and his behavior.

Throughout my travels, I do take the time to take in the positive and not so positive aspects of a particular culture or people. During my trip to Budapest in the Spring of 2014, the bike rides and the natural spring baths were to die for. The streets and sights were so pleasantly navigable and the Hungarians I met were super friendly and awesome.

However, the dark history that blankets this city and region in particular, gave a creepy vibe. The picture I’ve chosen, is not creepy itself. However, the deed was.  Nazi soldiers rounded up Jewish citizens of the city, during the Holocaust years. In an effort to experiment with tragic and inhumane ways of torture, individuals were tied together at their feet, together with other victims, and made to face the Danube river.  As officers shot one individual, who naturally fell into the river, others were dragged down into the river, alive, only to remain alive for a few minutes before drowning to death.   The history of our world is unfortunately plagued with these creepy events that sometimes make us lose faith in humanity. However, being in this type of work, I do realize that it is important to keep our optimism alive and vibrant.  It is through the small actions of individuals who go against the current and do well, we can change the discourse and course of history (I hope).

Holocaust Memorial in Budapest
Holocaust Memorial in Budapest

To the memory of the victims and to those who have suffered intolerable injustice, I pose this picture. This photo and what is represented in it is NOT creepy. The act itself is.

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