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"Learn from the past!" Auschwitz Tip by MissBeaW

Auschwitz, Krakow: 114 reviews and 259 photos

  Lisa, me, Mari, Ida & Maria by the electric fench
by MissBeaW

I think that everybody should visit at least one of the Nazi camps, and Auschwitz might be the most powerful of them all. Walking around in a camp where a million people, mostly women and children, were so cruelly murdered, makes you feel numb. One million is such a huge amount of people, it is impossible to understand the meaning of it, we just have to realize that it did take place, not only in the history books, but right on these grounds, in a camp just outside Krakow!
The camp is divided into two, Auschwitz 1, and Auschwitz 2/Birkenau, the second one being the most horrible. Birkenau was built for one purpouse only; to kill as many people, mainly jews, as possible, as soon as possible. Much of this camp was burned down or blown up by the Nazis when they realized that it all was over, while Auschwitz 1 still is standing pretty much as it was 60 years ago. For me, visiting Auschwitz 1 was the most emotional moment of the day. Before this trip I had met twice with Julius Paltiel, one of the five Norwegian jews who survived the camp, and read his book about his years at this horrible place.

Address: Auschwitz
Phone: +48 501 305 914

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jul 30, 2005
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