Birkenau Concentration Camp

Trip Start Aug 28, 2005
Trip End Dec 31, 2005

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Thursday, October 6, 2005

We arrived at the museum, which was established in 1947 as a symbol of remembrance, place of tribute, and warning to future generations about the effects of hatred, and...well, what is there to say, the three of us were blown away by the size and scope of what happened. Aushwitz looked like an old time university campus until you go inside the buildings where photos and depictions of what happened there stun you into the realiyation of what took place there...the room full of hair that the Nazis used to sell and make uniforms with was were it first really hits you, followed by the "shower room" where the camp prisoners were gassed.

After Aushwitz, we went by shuttle to Birkenau, the less famous camp where actually the most instances of mass genocide took place. Birkenau feels like somehitng bad happened there...the emptiness, eery silence, and desolateness of the place just gives you a feeling that it was a bad place where terrible things happened. Here you could walk into the barracks where prisoners were crammed together and see the gas chambers that the Nazis exploded in their attempts to cover up what they did before the war was over. It is a chilling place that gives you a tiny sense of what the prisoners there must have felt like. Awesome and humbling day.
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