The Shoah

Kelli Sheckler-Amsden
4 min readFeb 8, 2023

If walls could talk:

We would have screamed for mercy. Begged, cried and pleaded for release. Provided help and aid. We would have sent out warnings, to stand up and fight, or run. We would have guarded, as a refuge of protection. Crumbled in protest.

Instead, we could only do what we were designed and intended to do. Stand.

If we could speak, we would attest, and bear witness to the atrocities enacted in the name of hate. By a race, believed to be superior.

If I could talk and tell you what I have seen, what I have heard, what I was constructed for, you would beg me to stop.

I was designed for destruction. Built with the sole purpose to entrap, contain and keep hidden, the filthy secret of pure evil, by the darkest of mankind.

Humans/Humankind: a human being, especially a person as distinguished from an animal. Highly social, living in complex social structures composed of many cooperating and competing groups, from families and kinship networks to political states. As such, social interactions between humans have established a wide variety of values, social norms, language, and rituals, each of which bolster human society.

But throughout history there are those that have behaved far worse than animals. Showing the oxymoron in the title; humankind. Kindness plays no part.

For years I was privy to the prayers and promises, hopes and horrors, faith and fears — rising to my ceilings, awaiting a salvation that for many, never came. My rooms were filled with, and witness to ultimate loss, betrayal, strength and survival.

If I could talk, I would have thrown off my rafters, crying and screaming for help. I would tell you of a powerful purpose that could not be broken, although I witnessed the undeniable effort, in trying to break it.

Humanity sprawled its worst on us, and we stood, motionless, helpless. Palettes and canvases displaying unspeakable horrors, and we were silent.

We watched as the people in place to protect, lied and cowered as they gave in to greed and social pressures. Ugliness prevailed. Countless soldiers, policemen, civil servants, lawyers, judges, businessmen, engineers, and doctors and nurses chose to implement the regime’s policies.