Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp| "Arbeit macht frei"
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June 1st, 2009 – by: herman_munster
Last day in Krakow. I woke up just 15 minutes before Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp tour departed at 8am. Feeling disoriented I made a request to put my backpack at the hostel reception and run as fast as I could to be there and luckily the bus was still there. The day before I was on Salt Mines Tour and had purchased the Concentration tour to secure the place.
Auschwitz was the scene of the extermination and concentration camps during WWII, where over one and a half million Jews, Polish political prisoners, Roma, Communists, homosexuals and "anti-social elements" were murdered by the Nazis.
In Auschwitz, at least one and a half million innocent people of many nations died, 90 percent of them Jews. Human language is too poor to describe all those cruelties that the inmates - men, women and children - had to face and go through every day. They were not only killed in the most atrocious way, they also die from starvation, and numberless human beings had to work hardest under unbelievable conditions until they died from exhaustion.
Four years of Auschwitz mean the realization of a deeply inhuman ideology which exterminated people by means of industrial methods after they had been selected according to "racial principles".
Today, the remains of the camp cannot give total insight into what happened there to hundreds thousands of people anymore. The young generations, who never had to face a German concentration camp, can hardly believe, and even less understand, what cruelties the Nazis committed in Auschwitz as well as in other similar places. But I can imagine how unbelievable in their dimensions and brutality happened about 65 years ago. For all greatest historical event timeline, this one just took place around half a century ago.
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