What a martyr looks like October 29, 2013Posted by tantamergo in Abortion, Basics, contraception, disaster, General Catholic, horror, persecution, sadness, scandals, secularism, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
Czeslawa Kwoka was a young Polish Catholic girl butchered – along with millions of other Catholics, mostly from Poland – during the reign of the enlightenment-inspired Nazi psychopaths. Nazism, along with communism, is simply the philosophy of enlightenment rationalism taken to its logical, murderous end. But let me not get derailed by the evil philosophy that is rapidly drawing the world towards a new barbarism (or maybe we’re already there). There is no indication that Miss Kwoka possessed any special virtue. She is remembered because of the photographs taken of her upon entry into Auschwitz, showing the effects of the beating she had just taken from a German woman who apparently just needed to take out some aggression on somebody that day.
Czesława Kwoka, a 14-year-old Polish Catholic girl (prisoner number 26947) from the small village of Wólka Złojecka is photographed upon her arrival atAuschwitz concentration camp in December 1942. Wilhelm Brasse, an inmate who served as the camp identification photographer, recalled photographing Kwoka:
“She was so young and so terrified. The girl didn’t understand why she was there and she couldn’t understand what was being said to her.
So this woman Kapo took a stick and beat her about the face. This German woman was just taking out her anger on the girl. Such a beautiful young girl, so innocent. She cried but she could do nothing.
Before the photograph was taken, the girl dried her tears and the blood from the cut on her lip. To tell you the truth, I felt as if I was being hit myself but I couldn’t interfere. It would have been fatal for me. You could never say anything.”
Kwoka died in the camp in March of 1943.
Her mother died a month before the girl. Most prisoners in the Nazi death camps did not last more than a few months, if even that long. The circumstances of Miss Kwoka’s death are not known.
It is amazing how much liberalism colors our lives, and our view of events. The Nazi death camps are infamous world wide, supposedly a symbol for right wing hatred and power-mad butchery. This is completely right but also completely wrong, as the Nazi party was socialist all along and was deliberately constructed along the lines of its greatest, mortal nemesis – the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. What is even more amazing, is that while virtually everyone with even a rudimentary education around the world today knows of the Nazi death camps, very few know that Stalin’s death camps killed many millions more, and were in operation far longer. In fact, the GULAG system of state prisons/forced labor camps continued up to the moment of the Soviet Union’s implosion in 1991. The Soviet economy literally could not function without millions laboring in conditions of slavery and near starvation, which output Solzhentisyn estimated made up to 1/4 to even 1/3 of the total Soviet economic output, especially in terms of hard value assets like the nightmarish gold mines of the Kolyma and the nickel and other rare metal production facilities around Norilsk, where Servant of God Fr. Walter Cizsek suffered.
But because the culture has labeled Nazism “right wing,” and Stalinism was undeniably (even for today’s media) left wing, one is remembered around the world, while the other, equally if not more evil system, is almost totally forgotten in the mass memory. But there were millions of Czeslawa Kwoka’s in the GULAG, too. And there is absolutely no denying that the same modernist, rationalist, endarkened philosophy of “liberty, equality, and fraternity” that produced Auschwitz and the GULAG is presently driving our culture to ruin.
That is why, all theology aside (and there are mountains of it), the Church must oppose and set Herself apart from this culture, and not seek (never seek) to reach some accomodation with it. There are tens of millions of beautiful little Kwoka’s dying every year who never even get the chance to be born. We have so advanced and industrialized our murder factories that today the murders occur out of site, with absolutely no historical record, and with the remains of the vessels of immortal human souls left to the medical incinerator or, often enough, the trash bin. Our Blessed Lord knew this world and its prince, and that is why He directed His Church to be in the world but not of it, to remain apart.
Sadly, that is not a direction the Church has carefully observed over the past several decades, and Her influence on the world has suffered dramatically as a result. We desperately need more Saints. Saints are the only influence that can turn this rapidly decaying culture around. So pray! And perhaps remember Czeslawa Kwoka - and millions like her – on All Souls Day in your prayers.