For my upcoming novel, 4 YEARS TRAPPED IN MY MIND PALACE, I started writing a flashback scene about a liberated concentration camp in southern Germany.
This chapter/scene is proving very difficult for me to write. I've been reading first-hand accounts and watching original black and white footage of camps where US soldiers arrived and discovered what was happening.
Part of my research led me to this youtube clip from Band of Brothers (WARNING it is PG-13). The clip is hauntingly accurate when compared to the black and white footage and first-hand accounts I've been reading.
Now to walk the fine line between brutal realism and explaining the horrid scene through the eyes of the main characters, but doing so without pulling the readers (or myself) into a tailspin of depression, while not tip-toeing around the realities that occurred in these hellish camps.
This may be the hardest thing I've ever written, even harder than the human trafficking stories in ABOLERE. But they must be talked about and remembered to teach our future generations to fight against such evils and to avoid making the same mistakes of the past.
To forget or ignore them would only add the the tragedies that took place.