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Auschwitz concentration camp

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    • Day12

      Dag 12 - Krakau/Auschwitz

      August 18, 2022 in Poland ⋅ 🌙 25 °C

      Vandaag zijn we naar Auschwitz geweest met kim en corine. Het was heel interessant, maar wel lastig voor te stellen. Ik vond het minder heftig dan ik van tevoren had gedacht. Maar wel goed om een keer gezien te hebben. Savonds hebben we nog wat gegeten samen, heel erg bedankt opa en oma!😊Read more

    • Day4

      Auschwitz Concentration Camp

      March 6, 2022 in Poland ⋅ ⛅ 2 °C

      Today we visited possibly the saddest place I have ever been and maybe on earth. The quiet is ear splitting and I could feel the sadness of this place. Here millions of lives were lost and the worst atrocities happened. May this stand as a reminder for generations.Read more

    • Day4

      Birkenau Concentration Camp

      March 6, 2022 in Poland ⋅ ⛅ 1 °C

      We visited this awful place after Auschwitz. The quiet here is so deep. The whole area has an aura that true evil happened here from the bunk houses to the gas chambers although I found the children’s bunk rooms to be the most heartbreaking. The weight of lives lost here is heavy on the soul.Read more

    • Day2

      Auschwitz-Birkenau

      July 6, 2022 in Poland ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

      [JJ] A very sobering experience. No words are able to truly describe what went on here.

      We saw corridors upon corridors of prisoners' belongings taken from them: kids' shoes, spectacles, cooking pots, even human hair. We walked through the gas chambers, we saw the giant Auschwitz camp, then Birkenau, which was 25 times larger than even that.

      I walked a million steps last month, and if every step were a person dying then it still wouldn't be as many people that died within these fences.
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      Traveler

      😪😪 🙏🙏

      7/6/22Reply
      Traveler

      yes. an incredible achievement you did last month walking all that way. that's a good way to put it in perspective. if every step was someone's life it's just horrific to think about....stay safe& enjoy rest of your trip. onto the salt mine tomorrow?

      7/6/22Reply
      Traveler

      yes I didn't realise it till you pointed that out and I couldn't stop thinking about it. Yup, onto Wieliczka then Zakopane tomorrow. Will do 😘

      7/6/22Reply
      Traveler

      I've been in Holocaust exhibition in Imperial War Museum and it showed some of their remains on display. Vy sad.

      7/10/22Reply
       
    • Day140

      Auschwitz Birkenau

      September 17, 2021 in Poland ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

      Der Sommer ist fürs erste vorbei. In der Nacht zu Freitag zogen dicke Regenwolken über uns hinweg. Die Temperatur sank auch spürbar ab. Das Wetter sorgte für eine traurige Stimmung. Aber diese passte zu unserem heutigen Besuch im Konzentrationslager in Auschwitz-Birkenau. Nach einer Stunde Fahrt durch den Regen waren wir beim Parkplatz vom Museum bei Ausschwitz I angekommen. Um 14:00 durften wir das Museum betreten. Die Führung war für 14:30 auf Englisch gebucht. Die deutschen Touren waren bereits ausgebucht gewesen. Nachdem wir zunächst desinfiziert wurden und durch die Sicherheitskontrolle sind, die an die eines Flughafens erinnert, bekamen wir ein Gruppensticker und Headsets. Bevor die Gruppenführung los ging, gab es noch einen zehn minütigen Film vorab.
      Dann ging es mit eine Gruppe von ca. 16 Leuten in das erste Lager von Ausschwitz. Eine alte Kaserne wurde 1939 verwendet um das erste Vernichtungslager Auschwitz I aufzubauen, da schon einige geeigneten Gebäude vorhanden waren und Ausschwitz eine sehr gute Eisenbahnverbindung besaß und dabei dennoch etwas abgelegen ist. Einige Gebäude kamen noch hinzu. Nachdem wir durch den Torbogen mit der Aufschrift "Arbeit macht frei" gegangen sind, wurden uns in den einzelnen Baracken Ausstellungen gezeigt, in denen man einen tiefgreifenden Eindruck des Lagerlebens bekommt. Der Erste Teil endete mit der Führung durch die Gaskammer I, in der viele Menschen ihr Leben verloren haben.
      Im zweiten Teil der 3,5h Führung ging es mit einem Shuttlebus weiter nach Birkenau zum Lager Auschwitz II. Dieses deutlich größere Lager wurde ab 1941 erbaut. Wir betreten das Gelände am Torhaus, durch jenes die Züge ins Lager fuhren. Weiter ging es über die Laderampe, wo damals Frauen und Kinder sowie Männer separiert wurden und dann selektiert wurden. Entweder kamen sie in die Baracken zur Zwangsarbeit oder sie wurden direkt in die Gaskammer II oder III geschickt, welche sich am Ende der Laderampe befanden. Diese beiden Gaskammern mit den Krematorien wurden damals kurz vor der Befreiung zerstört.
      Heute befindet sich eine Gedenkstätte zwischen den beiden Ruinen.
      Im weiteren wurden uns die Baracken gezeigt in denen die Gefangenen hausen mussten. Von vielen Baracken ist allerdings nur noch das Fundament zu sehen, da beim Wiederaufbau der größeren Städte Material benötigt wurde.

      Der Besuch war für uns eine bemerkenswerte Zeitreise in die Vergangenheit. Die Grausamkeiten die hier stattgefunden haben, sind für uns unvorstellbar. Es ist schockierend, was sich hier vor über 70 Jahren abgespielt hat.
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    • Day11

      Auschwitz

      September 6, 2021 in Poland ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

      I have and have not been looking forward to today's visit to Auschwitz and Birkenau (see another post). After visiting Dachau, I sensed this would be hard. It was. In fact, it was more than I ever realized. Over 1,000,000 killed. Mostly Jews. I recognize the harshness of phrasing it this way. Please hear it as an attempt to convey the harshness and brutality of the so called "final solution."
      Auschwitz was a complex of over 40 concentration and extermination camps. What I had thought was Auschwitz was referred to as Auschwitz 1. This site is an abandoned Polish military base that was converted to a concentration camp. Death came later.
      The 1st picture is of some of the barracks. The 2nd is a kitchen building. The 3rd is barrack 11, the prison building. Notice that the windows are boarded so that prisoners could not see into the yard. At the far end in the shadows is a wall for firing squads.
      This is not to say there weren't any horrors here. The 4th picture is of some of the twins Mengele experimented on. The last 2 pictures are the 1st extermination chamber: gas room and crematory furnaces. This was built in an ammunition bunker that had been emptied before the Polish army abandoned this base. It couldn't be used as it was too close to the camp and screams could be heard. This became the design basis for all that came after.
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    • Day13

      Aušvicas - Birkenau

      June 16, 2022 in Poland ⋅ ☁️ 25 °C

      Arbeit macht frei. Šitą girdėjo visi. Tik matė gal ne visi. Labai ilgai galvojau, ar po Italijos saulės reikia gadintis bendrą nuotaiką Aušvico koncentracijos stovykloje. Vis dėlto apsilankome. Iš pradžių užsiburbuliuojame, kad individualus patekimas nuo 16 val. Iki tol patekimas tik su gidu ir grupe. Vis tiek einame. Ir nė kiek netenka gailėtis. Informacija koncentruota ir labai išsami. Praleidžiame vietoje planuotų kelių valandų visas keturias.
      Ir visur siaubo liudijimai. Sunkiai suvokiami žiaurumai. Gidas gale ekskursijos pasiūlo prisiminti šią vietą, kai nuspręsime, kad mums subjuro nuotaika, kad kiaušinis pervirė ar kad saulė ne pro tą debesies pusę išlindo. Esame laimingi sotūs bastards. Kai kaimyninėje valstybėje - Ukrainoje, žudomi žmonės ir orkai vykdo tokį pat genocidą kaip anuomet naciai.
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    • Day4

      Auschwitz

      September 26, 2019 in Poland ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

      É possível passar um dia em Auschwitz sem pagar uns 40 a 80 euros para um tour. Mas é verdade que não ouves a explicação dos guias, apesar disso e pelo facto de conhecermos razoavelmente bem essa época conseguimos acompanhar a visita e perceber o que aconteceu na segunda guerra mundial, neste lugar.

      A primeira parte, em Auschwitz Birkenau, o ambiente é um pouco mais leve do que estava a espera, passámos pelos dormitório, os sanitários comuns, o "corredor da morte", os crematórios completamente destruidos no final da guerra para não deixar vestígios das atrocidades, o tratamento das águas para o campo de concentração, o Canadá, local onde mantinham todos os pertences de quem entrou neste campo, que foi posteriormente queimado, mais uma vez para não deixar vestígios.

      Ao final da tarde fomos, ao museu de Auschwitz, ou seja à primeira parte do campo de concentração, pelos vistos a partir das 16h não se paga. Mas a visita é muito forte, mesmo sem guia, quando começamos a passar pelos sítios onde eles eram executados, os restos das suas roupas permanecem nos locais, onde dormiam uns em cima dos outros, as condições sanitárias, as histórias, as milhares de fotos de pessoas que morreram.
      Toda essa envolvencia, traz um sentimento de revolta, de raiva, de impotência relativamente a acontecimentos que são tão recentes mas por outro lado parecem tão longínquos, que conseguimos passear por estes corredores de tortura e morte e ainda assim rirmos com as nossas palhaçada do dia a dia.
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      Traveler

      Dass.... Pinguins tenho me esquecido 🤦‍♀️

      9/28/19Reply
      Be Kyan

      Estou cá eu para te lembrar, já estás de volta? Devem ter curtido bué :-)

      9/29/19Reply
       
    • Day18

      Memorial and Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau

      August 26, 2022 in Poland ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

      Where to start with this one... I never thought a museum could have such an effect on me, but then again this isn't just a museum, it's the site of a mass genocide. If we start from the very beginning taking into account that I was not having the best few days and was getting a bit worried about going here alone due to reading that it can cause emotional stress and it's best to have someone with you in case. I figured I'd probably not get the opportunity again and decided to go. I'm glad I did, this is a necessary experience as a human being and I'd like to put into words what happened on the bus because this is something I'll never forget.

      The bus ride was unpleasant, crowded with locals and a driver who was blowing smoke into the bus. People got off at one stop and I moved to my own seat and started looking at the museum on Google Maps. Then out of nowhere, another passenger taps on my shoulder and points to a 2 zloty coin on the seat next to him. I look at him confused and then he picks it up and gives it to me. I ask if it's mine without taking it and he obviously doesn't understand English but keeps trying to give it to me so I take it, wondering how I could have dropped it. He gets off at the next stop and an old man moves to his seat. Once we start moving again, the man taps on my shoulder and gives me a 2 zloty coin. I stare at him and slowly take the coin as I realise what's happening. Everyone knows where I'm going and they are paying their respects. Suddenly I get very emotional as I realise the significance of this place and what it still means to people who live so close and travel the same route as so many Holocaust victims before them. I spend the next few minutes trying not to cry only to realise that the man next to me is crying too.
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    • Day1

      Mittagspause vor dem Breslauer Rathaus

      September 10, 2022 in Poland ⋅ ☁️ 19 °C

      Heute ging es los,viele Kilometer mit dem Auto durch Osteuropa bis nach Asien.
      Erster kurzer Stop war Breslau.Die Stadt gefällt mir und ich komme noch mal in Ruhe. Heute waren wir nur lecker Mittagessen und hatten etwas Bewegung.
      Am Nachmittag ging es weiter nach Auschwitz.
      Caglar möchte morgen das Museum besuchen,aber das Wetter ist nicht so gut.sehr viel Regen wird vorhergesagt.
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    Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau, Auschwitz concentration camp, אושוויץ, Auschwitz, Auschwitz konsentrasjonsleir

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