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Nazis on Vacation 

Couldn't sleep last night, so I caught up on my magazine reading. Came across an article in this week's New Yorker about a newly discovered photo album from Auschwitz. The photos show members of the SS relaxing and joking around — taking a break from sending people to the gas chambers.

I can't find the article online, but there's a short photo slideshow on the New Yorker's website.

I read another story about this album in the New York Times a few months back. They've got a lengthier audio slideshow on their website, featuring an interview with Rebecca Erbelding, an archivist at the Holocaust Memorial Museum.

3:30 a.m. is definitely the time to ponder these incredibly disturbing images. The phrase "banality of evil" doesn't even scratch the surface.

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Cathy Resmer

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Deputy publisher Cathy Resmer is an organizer of the Vermont Tech Jam. She also oversees Seven Days' parenting publication, Kids VT, and created the Good Citizen Challenge, a youth civics initiative. Resmer began her career at Seven Days as a freelance writer in 2001. Hired as a staff writer in 2005, she became... more


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