Visiting the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial

28 08 2014

On the day after I arrived in Krakow, Poland, I took a tour to visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum located in the town of Oświęcim, about an hour or so away from Krakow, and it was one of the more difficult tours I have done anywhere but it was one of the main purposes of my wishing to go to Poland in the first place.  The sheer number of victims of the Holocaust, the conditions they were put under, and the fate of most of them are beyond imagination.

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You would think “never again” to war after seeing something like this but somehow we are still so far away from peace to all.

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29 08 2014
Jody and Ken

I visited Dachau when I was 19. It was just incomprehensible to me. I knew that it was a concentration camp, but the experience wasn’t real to me until I saw a photograph in the camp museum of a mother leading her 3 year old daughter by the hand through the winter snow to the gas chamber. Mother and child were both in heavy coats, their faces obscured by scarves. Suddenly it was just overwhelming and horrifying. I’ve been haunted by that photo ever since, wondering what the mother was thinking at the moment of that photo, what they were both feeling. If you’re ever in Washington it’s absolutely worth visiting the Holocaust Museum for some frightening political context to the evolution of the camps. Ken

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30 08 2014
Ayako Mathies

I think every single person should visit Auschwitz-Birkenau or similar and Hiroshima. There are other places but as far as WWII is concerned these places should teach us something. If I ever go back to DC, I will definitely visit the Holocaust Museum.

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