Auschwitz – Birkenau Memorial and Museum is one of those places in the world that should not exist at all. But people are what they are…
“Auschwitz I was first constructed to hold Polish political prisoners who began to arrive in May 1940. The first extermination of prisoners took place in September 1941 and Auschwitz II – Birkenau went on to become a major site of the Nazi ‘Final Solution’ to the Jewish question.”
Usually we visit different places for a reason, because they are the most beautiful, the most unusual, the strangest, the biggest… Auschwitz – Birkenau was the largest of the German Nazi concentration camps and extermination centers. Over 1 million men, women and children met their deadly destination there – prepared for them by other people. There are photographs of those people who faced mind bending sadism, cruelty, bestiality and, well, the list of negative words is long. There is nothing to say really. I took some pictures that are not here for their beauty. They just show the place today. They are to remember. The rest is silence.
Here’s a handful of some useful information about the place
- The Museum is located in the Polish town Oświęcim that lies 67 km (about 1 hour) westwards from Krakow. There are buses from Krakow Bus Station every 20 minutes. The bus ticket costs 14 Pln. Buses go to Oświęcim and their last stop is at the Museum’s premises.
- The entrance to the Museum is free of charge but an entry pass is required and it can be obtained from the white booth situated in front of the main building. You can join groups with a guide or visit the place individually.
- To enter the museum in Auschwitz you will have to go through a security control (similar to that at the airports).
- There is a small restaurant on site where you can have something to eat and drink. A visit to toilet will cost you 1,50 Pln.
- Auschwitz II – Birkenau camp is about 3 km away from the Auschwitz I and there is a regular bus service between the two. The bus is free of charge.
It happened that one of our planned 2016 destinations is Tel Aviv (& Jerusalem). We are going in September (there is an unintended connection). Well, living in Krakow – apart from the city’s unique beauty – gives us this sad opportunity to meet with the trails of the most unpleasant side of human nature. But people are what they are…
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