Auschwitz & Birkenau – Poland

Auschwitz is 1 hour away from Krakow, there are many day trips you can organise from the city to the concentration camp, they cost around 125 zlotys (around £25) which includes transport and the tour.

Auschwitz

There is not much I wish to say about Auschwitz other than it is one of the most harrowing things I have ever experienced in my life, to be so close to a part of humanity’s evil was overwhelming and emotional. I recommend that everyone visits a concentration camp once in their lifetime, I truly believe it may serve as a reminder that we must protect and cling to our humanity and beneath it all we are all human beings striving for the same thing.

I had intended to take loads of pictures but I took about 10 pictures and I will only show 4,  the main entrance sign, the place where Rudolf Höss (the monster in charge of the camp) met retribution, a quote by George Santayana and an example of the carts used to transport people to the death and concentration camps.

The quote “Arbeit macht frei” that appears above the entrance gate is a German phrase meaning “work sets you free.”

The Entrance to Auschwitz, Poland
The Entrance to Auschwitz, Poland
Death place or Rudolf Hoss, Auschwitz, Poland
Death place or Rudolf Hoss, Auschwitz, Poland
George Santayana Quote, Auschwitz, Poland
George Santayana Quote, Auschwitz, Poland

Birkenau

I felt somewhat less emotional at Birkenau even though it was considerably larger than Auschwitz.

Cart used to transport people, Birkenau, Poland
Cart used to transport people to Birkenau, Poland

If you want any advice for your trip leave a comment and I will be sure to do my best to help you.

 

 

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