on my visit to krakow, my parents and i set aside a day to travel to auschwitz-birkenau. at first i had some reservations about going there — not that i didn’t value it, but because it seemed odd to make it a tourist attraction and shuffel around in a tour group when it’s such a personal experience. even though there were crowds of people, for the most part one was able to stay in their own head and and process things invidivually — if one could even process things.
at the end of the tour, our guide said something that really stuck with me: “we can not imagine, there is no way to imagine what it was like, what they went through, but we can remember.” so in keeping with the personal experience i felt was necessary, i’m simply going to let my photos speak for themselves. so we remember.
oskar schindler’s factory museum // krakow, poland
auschwitz I // oswiecim, poland
auschwitz II – birkeneau // oswiecim, poland
for ever let this place be
a cry of despair
and a warning to humanity,
where the nazis murdered
about one and a half million
men, women, and children, mainly jews
from various countries of europe
auschwitz-birkenau 1940 – 1945