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Powiat oświęcimski

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  • Day34

    Auschwitz and Schindler's Factory

    October 6, 2016 in Poland ⋅ ⛅ 43 °F

    While in Krakow we knew we had to take some time to reflect on the history of the Holocaust which has deep roots in Poland. Krakow is home to the infamous Schindler's Factory which is also now a museum dedicated to the history of the Third Reich invading Krakow during WWI in 1939 until 1945. The Germans wanted to make Krakow a German city so they displaced the Polish people and particularly Jewish people into the ghetto where conditions were barely livable.

    The following day we took a trip to Auschwitz which is about an hour drive from Krakow. You can visit the grounds of the concentration camp with a guided tour. Walking through the camp and hearing the stories of what the prisoners went through was sombering but definitely worth the visit to reflect upon this dark time in history when over 1 million people were killed at this one camp alone.

    We highly recommend visiting both places -- very impactful. It's hard to believe what humans are capable of doing to each other, and this is certainly a reminder of what we don't want to ever relive as the human race...although there are still crimes against humanity in our world today.
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  • Day4

    Auschwitz

    September 26 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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  • Day30

    Gedenkstätte KZ Auschwitz I (Stammlager)

    November 5, 2018 in Poland ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Wie wir ansatzweise bereits erwartet hatten, war unser Besuch der Gedenkstätte sehr "beeindruckend" und erschreckend grausam zugleich. Wir hatten eine 6-stündige Führung gebucht, innerhalb derer uns viele Details und Hintergründe erläutert wurden. Die Gedanken werden uns vermutlich noch eine ganze Weile beschäftigen. Es ist unfassbar zu was Menschen im Stande sind zu tun und was wiederum Menschen aushalten können. Noch erschreckender ist es allerdings, dass es Menschen gibt denen das alles egal ist. So haben wir am Sonntag einen jungen Deutschen im Ort getroffen, der uns erzählt hat, dass er mit seiner Familie da ist und die Gedenkstätte nicht besuchen möchte, weil ihn das "langweilt"😳😬.Read more

  • Day29

    Oswiecim - in und um Auschwitz

    November 4, 2018 in Poland ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    Auschwitz (auf polnisch = Oswiecim) ist wenn man hier ankommt zunächst ein Ort wie jeder andere. Das Wetter und unsere Verfassung riefen förmlich nach etwas "Gemütlichkeit". So haben wir uns mal wieder für eine günstige Unterkunft entschieden und das war auch gut so. Den Sonntag fingen wir dann mit einem ausgiebigem Frühstück im "Take a Break" am Marktplatz an. Bevor wir anschließend durch den Ort bis zur KZ-Gedenkstätte liefen und für unsere Führung morgen erste bedrückende Eindrücke sammelten. Es wurde uns jetzt schon klar, dass das morgen kein einfacher Tag werden würde.Read more

  • 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.

  • Day105

    Auschwitz

    July 21, 2017 in Poland ⋅ 🌧 66 °F

    This will not be a nice read folks..

    "FOR EVER LET THIS PLACE BE A CRY OF DESPAIR AND A WARNING TO HUMANITY"

    Taken from a plaque in the centre of Auschwitz-Birkenau, I could not think of better words to sum it up. It is deeply moving, haunting and harrowing. The scale of the camps themselves and the atrosities that were carried out here cannot be adequately described by me.

    The camps show that we must never forget the atrocities carried out by Hitler and the Nazis with their racial doctrine. The fact that they thought that there was a part of the human race that was "superior" to any other was at the heart of the mass murder that took place on these two camps, and others around Europe. It is something that I cannot possibly begin to comprehend in the first place. That they thought themselves superior and the methods they then used to carry through their beliefs are unthinkable.

    Walking into a room where the sole exhibition is a 2 ton mound of human hair that was shaved from the heads of the people arriving at the camps I felt a lump rise in my throat. I couldn't stay and the same was true with a lot of the exhibits. You can't stand and stare as it feels so utterly wrong to be looking at the piles of belongings stolen from new arrivals at the camps by the Nazis, the before and after photos of a victim who - hideously emaciated - miraculously survived, the replica of the living conditions and the "death wall" where they carried out executions.

    All it left me with was questions.. How can anyone have agreed and supported the actions of Hitler? How can they have carried out the inhumane torture and murder of one and a half million fellow humans? What would modern-day Europe's jewish population be if they had been spared this massacre? How can we tackle the hatred and prejudice that still plagues our earth?

    I don't have the answers and it is a horrible visit but one that I believe everyone who has the opportunity to should take.
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