auschwitz-birkenau

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

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auschwitz I  // oswiecim, poland

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auschwitz II – birkeneau // oswiecim, poland

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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  

One thought on “auschwitz-birkenau

  1. Though we have a concentration camp in Dachau near Munich, and it’s a must see for any traveller (and by law-German students), it is in no way the killing factory (extermination camp) of Auschwitz, Treblinka, Sobibor and the like. Whenever I’m feeling a bit down, I go to the camp to remind myself that a few gray clouds in my life are nothing compared to one minute of those prisoners’ suffering. It may seem a bit strange, but the camps fill me with hope-no matter how dark, the human spirit will overcome all evil in any of its forms. Yes, we must always remember…Thanks for your posting…

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