Elevtext, skriven av Philip Åberg NA15
Your story is very important because it really enlightens people about history and it really gives a great insight of how the life of a person living in concentration camps could have been.
Sadly our world is failing to remember our past. What happened in Germany and other countries around Europe with extreme racism and segregation hasn’t really seemed to stop.
Instead of helping immigrants fleeing from the hell that is the Middle East, we try to stop the immigrants and barricade our borders.
The countries that can afford and have the capability to adapt their society for immigrants should get funding from the UN, and the countries that aren’t helping immigrants should have to help by sending money to the countries that are taking part. All people on our earth must try to help everybody around us and spread love, as it will make a world a better and much more fantastic place to live in.
We could avoid situations like the once in the middle east or in Nazi Germany just by teaching people the equal worth of all humans and that we should try to spread love.
The way to make the world a better place is by treating everybody just as great as you ever could.
Elevtext, Erik Skoglund NA15
I think your story is very important to share with each other so that we can learn from past mistakes. We young people are going to build the world so we need to have good knowledge about the past so that we don’t do the same thing. I think that is the main reason to share it with more people.
It feels like the hatred in the world is expanding more and more every day so we need to work hard to spread the love and stop the hate. I think that is the most inspiring thing about you, that you managed to forgive the evil deeds that people did to you and your family.
Clara Brown, NA15
Your story sparked a lot of thoughts in me about how I would have reacted if it had been me or someone close to me in a situation similar to yours. It made me very sad to think that you and so many others had to experience such difficult and horrible circumstances, that no human should have to suffer through. And made me scared of how one man and his imagination could have such a big impact on an entire nation. Because of this I am truly thankful for the family, friends and home I have. And grateful that I live in a country where peace is a common thing, not poverty, bombs and war.
I hope you coming to our school today and sharing your story with us triggered thoughts similar to mine, with the rest of the students as well. So that they think about how it was then, think about how it is now and think about how good their lives really are. But most importantly think about how we all treat each other. It is not hard to be nice to someone, to say hello to a new person or stand up for a friend. I think we too often forget that. But what if more people would have said no during the uprising of the war? What if more people would have protested and seen the inhumanity of what was happening to so many innocent lives, would the same thing have happened? We will never know, it has already been done, but I would like to think that the outcome would have been different.
Elevtext, skriven av Axel Frank, EK15
An Article for the School Paper
Irena Forslind survived for five years at one of Germany’s concentration camps for women, during the second world war. Today she lives to tell students from all around the country how her everyday life was for five tough years. Irena and everyone else in the camp lived by extremely strict rules. And if they weren’t followed the consequences would in some cases be fatal.
Irena has gone through a serious number of plastic surgeries because she’s been physically abused more than once. And sometimes she even got hit so much, she passed out and woke up somewhere else.
Irena got separated from her family when she was only twelve years old. Because her father was a partisan she was convicted a political criminal, even though she didn’t know anything about politics at all. That just goes to show how cruel the Germans really were.
During her time inside the camp she had a lot of suicidal thoughts and wishes, every time people were to be put in the gas chambers she prayed to God that they would pick her and put an end to her misery.
When the white busses from Sweden came to their rescue. Irena didn’t realize she was saved until they reached Denmark, where a doctor/nurse tried to aid her pain. In the hospital in Malmö she thought she was treated differently because everyone else got potatoes while she was served mashed potatoes. And for a while she thought that was because she was served her food after all the other patients. And that was how she learned her first Swedish words “Good morning I’m fine, more potatoes”.
What affected me the most is without a doubt the cruelty inside the concentration camps. The lack of respect just because of religion or the color of your skin. That’s not human, to treat each other that way just because you have different beliefs. Separating young children from their mom and dad, hearing that just makes me sad. As if it wasn’t tough enough in those camps already. That’s outrageous!
The first we need people to do if we want to live in a healthy society, is start respecting one another for who we are. It shouldn’t matter that we might have different believes or if we don’t have the same skin color. As long as no one messes with you because of your religion we should just respect that everyone is different but we’re still worth just as much as our fellow human being.
When it comes to immigrants and refugees everyone should of course have their own choice. No one is forcing you to help them but we all need to respect that they’re not fleeing their home country because they want to, but because they have to in order to survive. That’s why we need to help and at least offer some kind of education to those who come here and don’t even know the language. Instead of seeing them as outsiders people of the society should try and help in any way possible.
Just imagine how you would feel coming to a new country not knowing the language, and not getting the help you need either.
Elevtext, skriven av Erik Karlsson, EK15
After today’s lecture I have realized how terrible the human destiny was during The Holocaust. I want to thank you for taking your time to tell us about your dreadful story, I really appreciated it, although the story was awful.
However, the part in your story about the way the soldiers tore families apart in the beginning of the war was genuinely horrible to hear. The way you explained it made me see it clearly in front of me, that’s why it affected me on a personal level. I saw the little girl in front of me, only twelve years old standing helplessly while her parents were taken away from her. And this “her” is you, Irena. I can’t believe that you stood in front of us this morning after everything you have been through. I’m impressed and extremely thankful for your performance today, considering your age of almost 90(!).
Your lecture did also trigger a lot of anger inside me. The way the Nazis took control of almost the whole of Europe and the way they treated people made me angry. They took the right to decide who deserved to live and who didn’t. In their world there are people who are worth more than others, and the “others” deserved to die in the gas-chambers or work themselves to death. That way of thinking is terrible, in my opinion.
In my opinion, everyone, regardless ethnicity, age, gender and religious beliefs should be treated the same way. That’s how my utopian society looks like: all human beings are treated as equals.
One thing you returned to many times in your lecture was the importance of showing love to each other. And also the importance of forgiving. I am impressed by the way you are thinking, because it requires a lot of strength from you to forgive the ones who treated you in that horrible way during World War Two.
The survivors from the war are not many. Now it’s our responsibility to share the stories we have been told by the survivors to the forthcoming generations to make sure that something like this will never happen again.
One of my fellow student sang “Hero of war” before your lecture. In my eyes you are the hero of warm, Irena. I am forever grateful for the opportunity to listen to your performance today.