Auschwitz concentration camp was the main reason we planned our trip to Krakow, Poland. Our cousins were visiting us from India and they had Auschwitz on their to-do list. There was no debate, convincing needed and we told them that we will join them.
I saw Dachau concentration camp (near Munich) about 2 years ago so I thought maybe this one will be fine. I would be neutral about it because I knew what to expect. That is not how it works. I still went through everything again. It is just so difficult to imagine what life the prisoners were living. You have the pictures, the explanations, everything. But still, it is very difficult to see through it. To imagine people crammed there in inhospitable situations. The scary routine. To fill yourself in their shoes. I tried to fill myself in their shoes. To feel what they might have felt. The fear, the pain, the agony. I failed miserably.
I cannot express the feel of the place in words. I hope pictures do the justice.
Each exhibition gives you chill. Be it the sad and weak portrayal of kids or the inhumane living conditions. Auschwitz is undoubtedly a black chapter from human history. It is more than a museum. It represents hatred, inhumanity and everything a human should be forced to go through.
“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” -George Santayana
I highly recommend a visit to Auschwitz. Not only you see what people went through but also to appreciate each small and little thing that we have in life and they did not. Just the freedom to walk wherever we want. Choosing what to say, to wear, to eat. Having a life that is worth living.
- Book in advance
- Decide if you want Guided tour or not
- Two campuses
- Can combine it with Salt mines
- Be prepared for it
- Respect the sentiments
- Don’t forget to spend some quality time in Krakow afterwards.
PS: We booked a day trip from Cracow holidays. Very helpful and amazing services. Made the heart a bit lighter. I will post another blog soon about how to organize this trip.
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