Thursday, September 9, 2010

Auschwitz Concentration Camp, Poland

We visited the Auschwitz Concentration Camp while we were in Krakow.  The memorial is just over an hour away by car but you can also get their using public transportation.  I don't have too much to say about this as we all know the inhumane things that took place at Auschwitz.  I was mostly surprised to learn of the horrible medical experimentation that was done to women and children here. 

The memorial is nicely set up but it can be a little difficult to get in and out of the buildings because of the amount of people that were there and the narrow stairways.  The displays inside of each building were informative.  Photos of camp victims lined the hallways...their names were listed as well as the day they arrived at Auschwitz and the day they died.  It was so sad to see many people only lasted months before they died.  In the building where personal belongings were displayed it was terrible to see piles of childrens and infants clothes...I think that may have been the hardest part for me to see.  I can not even begin to imagine the horrific things these people experienced. 

Small building for the guards to stand in during bad weather.

Courtyard where prisoners were executed.  The windows were covered so prisoners could not see what was happening.

Just a couple of miles away is the Birkenau Camp which we also visited.  I will have this photos posted tomorrow as my internet is running very slow today. 

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