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.