The next day Melinda and I headed out to Auschwitz
for a day tour through Auschwitz 1 and Auschwitz
2 â€“Birkenau. This would be our first time to a concentration camp. On the way
out in the van I was not feeling that well; I think my cold is at its peak and
man what a day for it to hit me. So the entire time while walking through this
place I felt awful; which I guess is a good way to see this place. It did put
me in a little more of the right frame of mind to think about the suffering
that took place on these grounds. As a student of WWII and history this place
is very fascinating to me. Not often is one able to walk the preserved grounds
where an event that shaped the world as we know it took place. It was very
strange seeing a room full of hair, false limbs, and one display of eye glasses
from the victims that passed through this camp. Walking down one hallway there is
pictures of people all over the walls; essentially mug shots. During the first
few years of operation the SS would take pictures of the people, later
resorting to tattoos. I noticed dates bellow the pictures. The first one was
the date they were interned; the next one was the date they died; either from
starvation or from being gassed. Most of the women only lasted 3-4 months and
most of the men only 6 months. When we walked into the gas chamber it was
surreal! Looking up I could see where the Zyklon B was dropped into the vents.
Then we passed into the room with the ovens. After that we made a short trip
over to Auschwitz-Birkenau; which was mostly destroyed by fires. I am glad I
was able to get out and see these sights and would highly recommend anyone
visiting Krakow to do the same.
By the time we got back to Krakow
and to the hostel I was completely knackered; it was nap time for me. After my
nap Melinda and I headed down to the Krakow castle and
walked the grounds. We have been really good at timing our evening walks, seems
like we have caught so many beautiful sunsets on this trip. It is also one of
the best times for taking pictures. After the sunset we got a few night shots
in the main square. I am not feeling too well tonight so I am turning in and
hopefully this cold passes after a good nights rest.
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