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  • Day9


    July 16, 2019 in Poland ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Nach einem leckeren Bagel und Kaffee in einem süßen kleinen Café ging es los nach Auschwitz. Die Führung war sehr gut gemacht und die Tour dauerte insgesamt (inkl. Fahrt) über sieben Stunden.
    Ich denke jeder sollte Mal dort gewesen sein, auch wenn es wirklich kein schöner Ort ist.....

    Am Abend ging ich noch mit Jette in ein Pasta-Restaurant und anschließend mit noch anderen Mädels aus dem Hostel was trinken.
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  • Day9

    Auschwitz II-Birkenau

    January 3 in Poland ⋅ ☀️ 2 °C

    A lot of ruins, some buildings still standing.
    Everything on the right side has been destroyed, they don't know the reason. On the left side, the buildings has been left as they were.
    No birds, no sounds except the renovation ones, like Auschwitz, a lot of peopleRead more

  • Day25


    July 9, 2019 in Poland ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Jaha, auch die Kultur kommt nicht zu kurz, der Weg führt nicht an Auschwitz vorbei...
    Nach Birkenau sind wir zu Fuß... aua, zurück dann einfach mit in den Bus rein, der zum Lager 1/Museum Auschwitz fährt....dazu später mehr!

    Ohne Worte...ein trauriges Kapitel, die Fotos sprechen für sich...😱
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  • Day3


    March 8, 2019 in Poland ⋅ 🌬 12 °C

    Words cannot describe what I have seen today. I have studied the Holocaust for over 10 years, visited various museums, watched countless documentaries, read too many books to count, seen hundreds of photographs and spoken to survivors. But nothing can prepare you for this.Read more

  • Day3

    Auschwitz - Birkenau

    October 13, 2018 in Poland ⋅ 🌙 11 °C

    This has been a place I’ve wanted to visit for quite some time and it didn’t disappoint. We were picked up by 8:00 for a 1 hour 20 minute drive to Auschwitz. On the bus a movie was shown about the liberation of Auschwitz - Birkenau by the Russians in 1945.
    Quite moving. The bus was silent for 5 minutes after it finished.
    We had a young guide, Michael, who took us through the camp. Auschwitz covers an area of about 6 football fields. The buildings were there before the war and used as a Polish Military Camp. The ones open now are turned into a museum. Many rare photographs showing the life of Jewish people before the camps, arrival and selection process. They thought they were being resettled and so packed their best things as they left on the trains. Especially moving are the displays of piles of suitcases( each with a name on them), pots and pans, eyeglasses, and thousands of shoes. Also the children’s shoes as well as a display case featuring some clothes where I noticed a hand sewn patch on a sweater and darned sock - a Mother had carefully repaired her child’s clothes. Also moving was the display of women’s hair.

    And then the walk through the gas chamber where so many people lost their lives.

    After Auschwitz we took a ten minute drive to Birkenau, a much larger camp that the Nazis built. This is huge - 140 football fields or a section of land. Polish people living here were told by the Gestapo to leave in one hour. The Nazis wanted the land. Our guide, Michael’s grandmother was one of these people. Rows upon rows of barracks with horrendous living conditions and four crematoriums. The famous railway track that we have seen in pictures and movies is here.

    The job of preserving Auschwitz - Birkenau was started in 1947 by survivors. Over 1 million people visit each year. It is so important that we remember this place as the saddest place of human cruelty in the world and keep passing the memory of the Holocaust down to future generations.
    As is stated at a sign at the beginning of the tour -
    “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it” - George Santayana
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  • Day46

    Auschwitz - Birkenau

    October 10, 2014 in Poland ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    Ruins of barracks went on as far as you could see. We were told some where as far as a couple of kilometers. The scale of what they were doing here was massive and it is not only important to remember what happened as this was a death camp but also that many thousands of people were complicit in these crimes.

    Remaining parts of a gas chamber. These were the ones built late in the war after the final solution and were built to kill at a much higher rate. The Russians blew them up.

    I can't say I would come back here but if someone wanted to go I would. Just too important not to see.
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  • Day53


    September 22, 2018 in Poland ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    A long drive to a depressing by required day.

    No photos only memories.

    Rabbi Lord Sax wrote:

    Today, on Yom HaShoah, we call on You, Almighty God, to help us hear Your voice that says in every generation:

    Do not murder.

    Do not stand idly by the blood of your neighbour.

    Do not oppress the stranger.

    We know that whilst we do not have the ability to change the past, we can change the future.

    We know that whilst we cannot bring the dead back to life, we can ensure their memories live on and that their deaths were not in vain.

    And so, on this Yom HaShoah, we commit ourselves to one simple act: Yizkor, Remember.

    May the souls of the victims be bound in the bond of everlasting life. Amen.
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  • Day129


    August 10, 2017 in Poland ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Woke up and the idiot roommates are gone 🙌🏼
    We got pizza for brunch because that was the agreement if I got Indian last night.
    Went home and waited next to the fan until it was time to meet for our tour bus to Auschwits.
    The wait was nerve racking - there are so many tourist buses driving past I didn't know how we would know which one to get in because none had labels.
    Our bus was early so lucky we were too - our driver got out to get us thankfully.

    It was about an hours drive away and on the way they played a documentary for us to watch. It was dreadful - not really any new pieces of information but it's not something you will ever get use to hearing.

    Got out of the bus and had a 10 min wait before we went through security. Will was happy he wasn't wearing a belt today so he didn't have to take it off for the scanners.

    We were given head phones and outlets.

    When our guide started to speak Will and I made instant eye contact. Her English was TERRIBLE. Well, no so much her English as pronunciation. She was a real bore too but I got over it better than Will. I was happy just to see it with my eyes.

    She took us through the main gate past all the barbed wire and through the famous German sign which translates to "work sets you free"
    The place didn't look as daunting as photos. I think that was because of the massive green tree nearby.

    We walked through the first set of barracks which had pictures blown up and documents about arrest, deaths, and concentration camps in general.

    One display had some of the canisters that were used in the gas chambers.

    The hair room was confronting to say the least. I knew of its existence because Helen told us but to see it is different.
    Mountains and mountains of the victims hair stacked higher than me covering a whole section of room.
    You weren't allowed to take photos in there. Normally ignore such rules, but not here, not this place.

    Next were more rooms with some of the victims items including briefcases, spectacles, pots, cups and a few prayer rugs.

    The next bit showed a display of victims shoes and omg. it's hardly a percent of the victims and yet so many.
    An entire room with a walkway splitting it. MOUNTAINS of them.

    When you look out the windows you can easily visualize the Jews walking up the paths.
    Next was a barracks showing how they lived.
    We were currently in Auschwitz 1 which was the barracks and not the crappy wooden huts you seen in movies.
    This was more tame but still undesirable. First was floor with hay, then sacks then bunk beds.
    As we were walking up the corridors the walls were covered In the victims mug shot - they were wearing the striped uniform.

    In another barracks was were Dr Carl Clauberg did his sterilization experiments.

    The last barracks we went through contained the torture standing cells where 4 people had to stand and sleep then work the next day then return.
    It also had suffocation cells and a starvation cell - the one where Maximilian Kolbe volunteered to die in place of stranger.

    Out the back of this barracks was the death wall where thousands of poles were shot.
    They had areas they had to strip down in beforehand.

    We then walked past gallows where people were hung.

    We then found the fallow where Rudolf Höss was hung - he was the first commander of Auschwitz

    The last bit we saw of Auschwitz 1 was a gas chamber and crematorium.
    The scratch marks on the wall was horrific.
    I could hear their screams.

    They looked like literal ovens.

    Will was really unhappy. He was so disappointed with our guide.

    We then got on the bus and went to Auschwitz- Birkenau. This was what I envision when I think of Auschwitz - the railway track up to the gate and wooden hut upon hut.

    We had the same guide :/

    A lot of the huts were gone but they were represented by a chimney in their place. So many.
    Over 100, 000 lives here at a time and thousands died daily.
    Two thousand every hour was possible.

    We stood on the spot where the selection took place. Healthy people were sent to work and the sick, elderly, pregnant woman etc were sent straight to the chambers.

    We walked around and ended up at "death barrack"
    This is where those selected because they were no longer fit to work waited to be sent to the chambers.
    They waited without food and water and many died before reaching the chambers.
    We went inside and this was what I expected to see on this tour.
    The bunks that you see in movie.
    Spine chilling.

    This whole thing was beyond words.

    Disappointed we didn't see as many things here but a lot has been destroyed in an attempt to hide evidence.

    Everyone caught the bus back in total silence.

    I crashed when home.

    The police are at the hostel and we don't know why.

    It was an issue about selling alcohol. How boring I thought it would be something juicy lol.

    Total wasn't as emotional as I thought. I honestly believe that to be because of our guide. She was a gross disappointment for something I have always wanted to do and see.
    Still, I am so thankful for the opportunity and grateful for the life that I have.

    "Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it"
    - George Santayana
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  • Day28


    June 23, 2018 in Poland ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    The weather is certainly appropriate , 12degrees wet and cold, for the sobering day I have ahead.

    I cannot ever remember a time feeling the way I do today after visiting Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. To explain my feelings there is not one feeling. I am sad, ashamed, cannot believe “humans” could do this, scared we will repeat again ( and do in fact continually). But also recognise the human strength it must have taken to survive these atrocities.

    I learnt so much today, too much to really take in. I stood in silence, pondering people’s lives, many times I could not even imagine what happened here. I’ve learnt of these atrocities during my school years, but nothing prepared me for this. To systematically kill over 1million people, primarily Jews, but also Poles, gypsies, scholars it is beyond reason or logic.

    The museum at Auschwitz breaks your heart. There are graphic reminders, 2 tonnes of hair piled high ready to be shipped off to be made in to socks - can you imagine that. Piles of shoes, suit cases, glasses, wooden legs etc. Human life being left as a loads of there items to be shipped off for others to use. To see the wall where those who were sick or punished were shot with a gun directly to the head is sobering.

    At Birkenau (Auschwitz II) we walked from the train station, like many condemned Jews and anyone else who stood up against the Nazis, down the same road directly to the gas chambers. They had the audacity to tell them to take there clothes off, remember where they are so you can get them after your showers. The complicity’s were enormous. They were shoved into gas chambers before dying in so much pain. Then the poor prisoners who were not gassed were made to cut the hair off the dead corpses, remove dentures and any other valuables. I’m not sure who had the better ending, dying in the gas chambers or dying of starvation and degradation.

    Much of Birkenau is in ruin, including the gas chambers, but it is still evident how large a camp this was. The 3 layers of bunks would often have 7 or more people to a bunk. The living conditions were atrocious, little food, little warm, some without roofs. People who were not killed died from disease, frost bite and starvation. Those who survived when they were liberated by the Soviets had to live with the horrors for the rest of their days.

    If you get the chance please go visit this memorial. These things must stop, genocide, ethnic cleansing whatever name you wish to put on it must stop. I’m sure it’s happening right now, but our western news doesn’t allow us to here the truth.

    I’m struggling to look at the photos. I’ll add some tomorrow I hope.
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  • Day4

    Auschwitz II

    January 6, 2016 in Poland ⋅ ⛅ -3 °C

    Stamani, grazie alla Joanna, la ragazza polacca che ho conosciuto in laboratorio, abbiamo avuto l'occasione di visitare il campo di concentramento di Auschwitz... Prima siamo andati ad Auschwitz II, ossia il campo costruito successivamente, quando i deportati hanno iniziato ad essere troppo numerosi, ma qui sono rimaste solo rovine, sia degli alloggi (se così si può chiamarli..) che delle altre strutture, tra cui i forni crematori e le camere a gas. Le descrizioni sono abbastanza superflue.. atmosfera spettrale, impressionante, terrificante..Read more

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