Ken Meyers is a visual person. He says, “Sometimes I find it hard to put words to my feelings. I suppose that's one of the reasons that I love photography.” As we have all heard the saying “a picture is worth a thousand words”, no place would be truer for Ken than his visits to the concentration camps. Ken made two separate visits over a few years to Dachau, Auschwitz, Birkenau, as well as other places connected with the atrocities of the holocaust, such as Anne Frank's home and Schindler's Factory.
On each of my visits, Ken says that he feels a particular concoction of feelings that he cannot describe. There aren't words that do justice for what the Nazis did to the Jews, the Gypsies, the Priests and the Gays. But, especially the Jews. For some today the events of the 1930's and the 1940's may seem like a world apart from ours- a place that seems inconceivable while looking through the lens of today. Yet, there are others that survived the death camps and thanks be to God, they are alive today.
As Ken photographed these places, he was haunted by black and white movies playing in his head - A mother having her children ripped from her arms, the Nazi's assuring those packed like cattle in the train cars that they were being transported to a new ghetto and that everything would be fine, the bodies piled in mass graves or being burned by the thousands. Ken adds that he is sickened by the experiments of Josef Mengele and that he cried out in pain and sorrow for his fellow man. “How can any human being do this to another?”
These images are his attempt to pass on to you his vision of these dark places. Ken strongly urges all to pay a visit to the camps, if given the opportunity. He believes that, “when you do, you will have an indelible mark placed on your soul for all that lost their lives in those horrid camps.”
Let us never forget.