A Day of Horror
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August 24th, 2007 – by: Emz81
Got up pretty early and headed down to the Bus stop to catch a local bus to the Concentration Camp, Auschwitz. It was a very strange day today as I almost didn't want to imagine the things I was seeing and hearing about actually happened only 60years ago.. We saw many sickening photos of people working or starving to death; Rooms full of clothes and shoes, glasses, prosthetic limbs, and hair that had been shaved of people's heads after they had been sent to the Gas Chambers, some of them still braided beautifully.
We saw rooms where 'prisoners' were forced into cells 1mx1m, where they had to stand with 3 others for the night, and do a full day's work the next morning.
Found out at the end of the day that these poor Jews had been terribly tricked into thinking they would have a better life and new jobs if they were to get on the trains, and to add salt to the wound, the Germans made them pay for their own tickets - literally a ticket to their death.
It was a really chilling experience, one that I am glad that I have seen, but also makes me realise how lucky I am being born just a few generations later!
After Auschwitz, we got the bus back to Krakow (got stuck in peak hour traffic!) and had a very easy dinner and a few Vodka's to wake us up a bit after our numbing experience today.
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