Arbeit Macht Frei
Trip Start Sep 07, 2010
60Trip End Aug 21, 2011
Map your own trip!
Show trip route
After a short walk from the train station through town, we arrived at the camp. The area is fairly well preserved, and they’ve added an information center near the entrance. The best thing is that everything was free here. At least in Berlin, many of the WWII related museums were free of charge, probably to encourage visitors
The camp’s walls form a large triangle around the compound with semi-circles of barracks around a large open space. Almost all of the barracks have since been destroyed, only their foundations remain alongside a concrete memorial that states the number of the barrack. The barracks, of course, were a horrible place to live. The bathrooms and washrooms were to be shared over hundreds of inmates and were constantly the sight of torture and abuse.
Just outside the walls of the camp, in an extension, lie the execution trench and the building that housed the gas chambers and crematorium. This whole area is now sheltered under an air-conditioned canopy to protect it from the elements. The building itself has not survived, but the foundation still remains along with the steel portions of the furnaces.
It was a bit strange visiting such a place. It’s truly hard to believe all of the horrible acts that were committed on the grounds, especially on a sunny, beautiful spring day. Visiting a concentration camp is a sobering experience, to say the least, but it can be a bit, understandably, overwhelming at times.