Friday Photo: Today in History

There were a lot of things that happened today I’m sure.  But today is also the anniversary where 67 years ago one of worst places in existence was liberated.  It Auschwitz Concentration Camp in Oświęcim, Poland where on January 27th, 1945 the Red Army entered and drove the Nazis out.  It was only the beginning of the knowledge however of how cruel and destructive this place actually was.  I visited Auschwitz back in September while in Krakow and wasn’t really prepared for the place.  I knew all the stories, read the history, etc, but it still lacks the reality of the place when you see it first hand.  The photo is of the gate into Auschwitz I, Arbeit macht frei or Work makes freedom.

Arbeit macht frei - Auschwitz Concentration Camp - Poland

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    • AY says

      i hope you get a chance to see it. While it was a difficult place to visit, I am in the end glad I took the time to visit.

    • AY says

      Yeah we all need to have our own type of trip I think. Its not an easy place to see by any means. I’m glad I did go in the end, but I was definitely nervous about going and how it would be like. How long is your trip through europe and where are you planning to go?

  1. says

    Thank you for this post. I might have a chance to visit Poland soon and would definitely like to visit Auschwitz, s difficult and intense as seeing these places can be. Chilling photo.

  2. says

    I’m not sure that any of us could really be prepared to visit a place like Auschwitz. I know that it is important to bear witness, however, I’m not sure that I would be capable, emotionally, of visiting any of the concentration camps. What type of impact did the visit have on you?
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    • AY says

      I was hoping to get a chance to write up more about my visit to Auschwitz this week but ended up going away for travel so it sorta slipped out for the time. I hope to write it up soon when i get back home or before if i can manage it. Yeah its definitely a very emotional place. Just the understanding of how the places changed. Auschwitz II was definitely a more startling place than Auschwitz I given the scale of Auschwitz II and that it was constructed specifically to be a death camp.

    • AY says

      Yeah it seems familiar and so foreign while you are there. It brings so much more “realness” to the place when you are standing there seeing the place that you only previously knew from books and movies. It gives you a feeling of sadness and anger at its existence.

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