Photographer's Note

If you haven't been to Poland on 1 and 2 November you haven't really seen Poland (sorry Gert!). The All Saints' and All Souls' Days when the country is ablaze with candlelight, warm air hovering over every large necropolis and every small cemetery alike.

I find those places most appealing at dusk. Here, a woman praying by the grave of very young boys, members of Armia Krajowa (which I think translates into English as Home Army - see the link below). Venerated by some, controversial to others (especially our eastern neighbours in Ukraine), whatever one's opinion is of that resistance movement, it is hard not to sigh at the thought of all those lost lives.

This photo was taken last year, just after my return from war-torn Iraq. I couldn't stop thinking about other young people dying in military conflicts - the Peshmerga as well as their arch-enemies, Islamic State fighters. And all those numerous young people whose fate gets decided by circumstances, the simple fact of having been born in a given place and time.

In this particular cemetery, there is an empty grave - the symbolic resting place of my great-grandfather who perished in Auschwitz concentration camp in 1944.

Another photo in WS.

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