A Day of Horror

Krakow Travel Blog

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Had a terrible sleep - got woken up many times by drunk people singing, shouting etc on their way home from bars at 3am, 4am, 5am, then 6am..(not such a good start to the day)!
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.
The many concentration camp living areas (most now burned to the ground, only chimneys remaining).
We walked through the actual gas chambers and saw the cremation chambers where people were thrown in and 'disposed of' as if they were animals. Saw photos of hundreds of Jews on the walls, which had their date of entry into the camp, and their date of 'departure' - most often these dates were only a few months apart. Saw the 'Death Wall', where prisoners (who were 99% of the time in the jail because they had been caught trying to feed or help other people) would be marched out and told to stand facing the wall, and be shot! Horrible!
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.

tridantri says:
It really is a moving experiance isn't it.
Posted on: Sep 02, 2007
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The many concentration camp living…
The many concentration camp livin…
The Death Wall.
The 'Death Wall'.
The Bomb Shelters the Germans had …
The Bomb Shelters the Germans had…
Beds where the workers slept, no m…
Beds where the workers slept, no …
The track to their death..
The track to their death..
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