Auschwitz

I’ve seen the Parthenon. The Pantheon. The Pyramids. Up until now, most of what I’ve seen has impressed me, knowing what humans are capable of doing. Because usually, it’s good.

I doubt there are many experiences more sobering than visiting Auschwitz. The blog won’t be the place for my thoughts on a trip to the site of the concentration camps (Auschwitz I – where up to 15,000 people were at one time, and Auschwitz II- Birkenau, where up to 90,000 people would be at once). Today I was at the site of crematoriums where thousands of bodies burned per day. I stood at the point on the railroad tracks where selections were made – a finger pointed one way to survive, or the other way, to what were called showers.

Just one of the thoughts I came away with today, and the one I’ll share – I was struck with an appreciation for this trip and these travels today, for the better understanding I’m getting not only of present and future, but of the past. At the same time, the sense that I should be home hugging people, because I can, reached new levels today.

From Auschwitz, where it’s impossible to take a photo you can call beautiful.

Auschwitz I

Entrance and exterior photos

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Crematorium chimney, gas chamber, and interior

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Auschwitz I- Exhibits

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Auschwitz II- Birkenau

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6 thoughts on “Auschwitz

  1. Brother, I always had a great respect for you. This has merely kicked it up a notch. I hope someday to make the same trip to Poland and see these sites as you have. But thank you for the pictures etc to hold me over.

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