A Modern Auschwitz
Note: The following commentary contains graphic descriptions of human-rights abuses that may not be suitable for some readers.
The story was reminiscent of the horrors of Auschwitz. Kwon Hyuk, who recently defected from North Korea, was telling a British journalist what it was like to work at Camp 22, North's Korea's infamous concentration camp. As Hyuk recalled, "I witnessed a whole family being tested on suffocating gas and dying in the gas chamber. The parents were vomiting and dying, but till the very last moment they tried to save the kids by doing mouth-to-mouth breathing."
Above the glass chamber, scientists were calmly observing and taking notes, just like the Nazis did sixty years ago with medical experiments.
It's a dreadful testimony--but typical of those given by people who manage to escape North Korea's brutal regime. Others tell stories of prison guards who stamp on the necks of newborns to kill them. One former prisoner, Soon Ok-lee, tells of being ordered to pass out poisoned cabbages to fifty fellow prisoners--women who then vomited and died within twenty minutes of eating them.
When referring to Auschwitz, the Jews say, "Never again." Well, "never again" is happening today, and it is to our shame if we don't do everything humanly possible to stop it.
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