Being the largest concentration camp built by the Nazis in World War 2, Auschwitz-Birkenau is a place with a history that stands to some in the very depts of the mind and to those of many others in the pit of the heart. Surely you must have heard about it at some point in life. Seeing it in person is a different story.
You can request a tour guide The museum is free and you are free to walk around on your own and explore what you wish.
At the entrance to what first appears to be some “brick building complex” stands the sign “Arbeit Macht Frei”. You have to be able to comprehend what you are seeing. This is a dark place with a dark history. You’ll find yourself surrounded by abandoned buildings and once lively electric barbed wired fences. The main doors of numbered blocks were open and people were drawn in to the darkness of what was to be seen once inside. A museum now in each block, something to see and somethings to never having wanting to see again. This was the history of which to whom so many are linked to in some way.
Some may be afraid at first to enter each block at the expense of the shock of seeing something displayed that one generally wouldn’t be ready to see but really that’s not the case. Dont be afraid. With some remnants and belongings of those who were imprisoned and murdered in the holocaust that took place there, it was sad to see but safe. It is an insight and exploration into history!
Not far away up the street was Birkenau. A bigger, more colder place. Too big to explore on a bitter day in January though you didnt need to walk around it completely. This is the place where train tracks lead in and came to a hault. What a feeling to have stood on those tracks and stared into the wide open fields of where so many innocent lives perished. Go and see it.