JERUSALEM — You walk into the Holocaust History Museum in Jerusalem and the walls already seem to be closing in on you. That’s by design.

I’ve walked through the camps in Auschwitz and Dachau. At Yad Vashem, as Israel’s museum is called, I didn’t have the nerve to cry until we watched documentary footage of the liberation of some of the camps. Piles of bodies being lifted out, emaciated prisoners wandering in daze. Even after liberation, people died. You don’t think about that every day. You think about the gas chambers, but you don’t think about the death that was still to come.

Kathryn Jean Lopez is senior fellow at the National Review Institute, editor-at-large of National Review magazine and author of the new book “A Year With the Mystics: Visionary Wisdom for Daily Living.” She is also chair of Cardinal Dolan’s pro-life commission in New York, and is on the board of the University of Mary She can be contacted at

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