"NO TIME FOR RESPECTING THE DEAD
PORT-AU-PRINCE – The tiniest of toes stick out from the top of the cardboard box. Someone has draped a white sheet over the rest of the body, as if to give the little anonymous being some dignity in death. But as corpses quickly decompose and the stench becomes unbearable, there is no time for respect for the dead.
Two men wearing surgical masks and gloves heave the cardboard box into the bucket of a bulldozer, then move on to the next body lying alone, save for the flies, on the crowded sidewalk."
and from Reuters -
"Trucks piled with corpses have been carrying bodies to hurriedly excavated mass graves outside the city . . . "
I have not seen such film from Haiti but I have seen many photos and films made after World War II. In films from Belsen, Dachau and Buchenwald, one sees naked, emaciated bodies being carried to pits and thrown in without ceremony; one sees close-ups of dead, skull-like faces. The narrator tells of Nazi mass murder; the listeners are filled with disgust. But the disgust should be directed at the filmmakers and the storytellers whose interests were self-serving and whose work violated the dead for the sake of the horrible effect.
The Holocaust story relates how the Nazis concentrated hundreds of thousands into camps, and each day they systematically killed thousands of them in big cellars and each day they raced against time to remove the dead and cremate the victims before they decomposed.
Why would the Nazis create for themselves conditions that exist in Haiti today – where corpses were piled up so that nothing else can proceed until the dead were disposed of? One cannot deny that the number of dead in Port-au-Prince has set back rescue efforts and aid in the city. Is it likely that the Nazis would pile up corpses in their camps only to be faced with a huge problem of disposing of the corpses and thus be sidetracked from their main goal of waging war?