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We took an early morning tour to the concentration camps Auschwitzt and Birkenau in Oswiecim 70 km West of Krakow. I have some knowledge of the atrocities of the occupying Nazis during the war but the detail and extent of the program was a revelation. In short, more than 1,200,000 people were killed at these camps alone. Originally built to control and exterminate Poles, it soon took in prisoners from over 20 European countries. The vast ...
... lasting more than a couple of months, usually by starvation and/or exhaustion. The other was the extermination section where thousands apon thousands, mostly Jews where killed in the gas chambers. I can not explain the feeling of being inside the gas chambers, standing exactly where men, women and children would have stood moments before the Nazis threw in the gas cylinders via the roof vents. What would have gone through their innocent minds? It is an awful place... ...
It was difficult not to wonder about her words as we walked through first Auschwitz and then Birkenau two of the most "effective" cogs in the industrialised "extermination" of the Jewish race and other "undesirables" during 1940-1945. Everything was so regimented, so ordered, so thorough and "efficient".
The whole process was extremely pragmatic, nothing was wasted, there were rooms of ...
... List. Entry is free but you can't enter without a guide which you pay for! Figure that one out. To enter the camp you must walk under the famous sign above the main gate "Arbeit Macht Frei" which means "Work makes you Free".
The guided tour was however well worth it. We saw the "death house" where in the basement there were torture cells such as the starvation cell where they starved you ...
... detalle debo compartir para que entiendan pero no tanto para aburrirse demasiado! Y también pensando en que realmente no debería quejarme después de haber visitado Auschwitz. Ok, listo: Hace unos días estaba planeando esta parte del viaje y pensé que tendría que llegar en el autobús a las 6:30 para ir a la estación ferrocarril para poder llegar a Auschwitz a tiempo, que parecía fácil cuando pensaba que el viaje en autobús fue solo de 15 ...
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