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Brzezinka

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  • Day8

    Auschwitz

    July 9 in Poland ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Auschwitz : La solution finale !
    C'est ainsi qu'Hitler avait nommé son programme d'extermination.
    Nous parcourons les allées bordant des baraquements de pierre rouge, chargés d'une si lourde et atroce histoire.
    C'est la seconde fois que nous venons ici et notre émotion est toujours aussi forte.
    Nous passons beaucoup de temps dans le baraquement réservé à la France, les explications y sont en français, ce qui facilite la compréhension de ce qui s'est passé ici.
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  • Day30

    Gedenkstätte KZ Birkenau

    November 5, 2018 in Poland ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    Das Konzentrationslager Auschwitz-Birkenau war das größte deutsche Vernichtungslager während der Zeit des Nationalsozialismus. Es wurde 1941 drei Kilometer entfernt vom Stammlager Auschwitz I auf dem Gebiet der Gemeinde Brzezinka (dt. Birkenau) gebaut.

  • Day159

    Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp

    October 12, 2017 in Poland ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    I’m not sure if I can say this visit was a highlight of my trip but it was definitely something I’ve wanted to do for years and I’m so thankful I’ve finally been to one of, if not the most heart wrenching memorial sites in the world. I believe every single person should visit Auschwitz once in their lifetime, if not to pay their respects then to become educated at the very least. Throughout my youth I’ve always enjoyed history, in particular that of World War Two and I can remember practicing for exams, writing essays, watching movies and reading books with Steve who too is fascinated with the events that have occurred. However, there’s only so much that a history teacher, movie recreations and Wikipedia can teach you or can evoke in you. Walking through the gates of Birkenau in particular along the train tracks that delivered hundreds of thousands of people to their deaths was bone chilling. The acres of land are lined with trees and yet not a bird is in sight, some say because the smell of death still lingers. At the end of the train tracks lie the rubble of Crematoriums I and II, demolished by the Nazi’s days before the camp was liberated in an attempt to cover up the truths of the Holocaust. Auschwitz consisted of three camps, Auschwitz I, II and III which was news to me on arrival as I’d assumed it was one large camp - Auschwitz was indeed one large camp, but there were two even bigger ones, Birkenau and Morowitz, that I had no idea of. Auschwitz is now the memorial museum and barracks contain items that are hard to comprehend - rooms full of suitcases, combs, pots, shoes all confiscated from prisoners on arrival, who thought they were moving to a new city, not to an extermination camp. The hardest thing to see in Auschwitz was a room, approximately 30m long, full of hair remains shaved from prisoners once they’d been executed with Zyklon-B gas. The hair was used to make socks, twine, clothing; most things you can think of and sent to Germany. It was the sheer mass amount of hair remains that truly put into perspective just how horrendous the regime was. While visiting Auschwitz, I met three young travelers from London who had made the trip especially to come to Auschwitz. They told me about how they are Jews from Israel, Russia and England, and how important it was for them to visit the concentration camp. This made the visit pretty special as I got to witness these young adults thinking, observing, and feeling numb all while walking through the largest extermination camp wearing the Israel flag. While traveling through Europe and Africa it has amazed me at how old everything is, how much history there is in these countries, hundreds and hundreds of years old which is incredible for little New Zealand that’s not even 200 years old. And yet, it’s almost impossible to comprehend how the Holocaust only happened 77 years ago, so recent in history when you think about things properly. It’s difficult to describe Auschwitz (or any concentration camp) to someone who hasn’t been because it’s the feeling you get as you walk past the gates with “Arbeit Macht Frei” that is unforgettable and something everyone should experience, to ensure history never repeats itself.Read more

  • Day46

    Auschwitz - Birkenau

    October 10, 2014 in Poland ⋅ ☀️ 70 °F

    Gate in to Birkenau. Israeli children touring the camps. Many had on jackets, shirts and flags identifying where they were from. I saw a few have a hard time with what they were seeing and being told which only increased the emotion one feels visiting this place. Rail car used to bring prisoners in. Few ever left this place.Read more

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