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David Boder: the man who came, saw and listened for himself

At the end of the war, when the Allies found out about the atrocities committed by the Nazis in occupied Europe, General D. Eisenhower invited the American press to come and see what had happened there: they should have seen for themselves what the  Nazi ideology had brought about. The title of this paper is related to the words he said at that time and to the man who felt the urgence to come, see and listen to the testimonies of the survivors. 

After the liberation of the camps, many pictures were taken then, several  footages were shot which showed the images of thousands of corpses, emaciated and sick  prisoners, living skeletons who were lying in the barracks or could  hardly  walk. These images, which have become  widely known since then, were voiceless, though. What the American and part of European public opinion could realize watching them were the effects  of an inhuman policy, which seemed to be over, because  the war had ended. Of course this was not the case: the Holocaust had affected people  not only from a physical point of view, which paradoxically  was the easiest to be treated, but also from a psychological and social one. The immediate  emotional impact of the images of Dachau, Bergen Belsen, Birkenau, on the world’s public opinion was so strong that apparently there was no room left for any further reflection at that time. The immediate needs and the will to build a better future  were, in most  cases,  stronger than the will to deeper the recent traumatic past. 

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