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... speed internet and power connections everywhere. For security reasons the press had to arrive early, but we were essentially not given access to anyone until we had already been there for many hours. And so we waited, and worked on our stories.
The setting for the remembrance was new this year. By all accounts, this annual event somehow contrives to be the coldest day of the year, and in past years people sat and froze. But for the ...
... only" 160,000 Jews were killed at Birkenau, but from March, 1944, to November, 1944, when all the other death camps had been abandoned, Birkenau surpassed all previous records for mass killing. The Hungarian deportations and the liquidation of the remaining Polish ghettos, such as Lodz, resulted in the gassing of 585,000 Jews. This period made Auschwitz-Birkenau into the most notorious killing site of all time.
In October, 1944, the 'Sonderkommando' ...
... s present silenced form.
When the decision was taken to ‘industrialise’ and speed up the process of physical elimination of not only the Jews, but gypsies, the Roma/Sinti tribes, and the mentally insane, the need to build an entirely new complex for this process was felt by the SS.
Accordingly, next to a bend in the river and with groves of Birch trees, a new location was chosen, and named Birkenau. To begin with the Germans chose ...
... ruins of the gas chamber, it was strange to observe such beauty in a place where such horrific acts were committed.
After Birkenau, a minibus took us to Auschwitz. By this time, the sun had completely set. And as we were one of the final tour groups of the day, the 7 of us wandered the gravel pathways between the buildings almost completely alone. Although Birkenau was the site of more deaths, Auschwitz was more confronting. This is ...
... teach our tour-guide better English, forcing myself to remember my lessons so I wouldn't have to focus on the unpleasant. That was probably the most depressing part of the trip; that I needed to hide from these things.
When we got back to Krakow, we still had hours before our train, so we decided to go out to eat and shop. Every time we started to talk about that day, we stopped and forced ourselves to talk about happy things.
No, I will never go back there ...