Auschwitz - Birkenau.
Trip Start Feb 01, 2005
402Trip End Dec 31, 2013
While of Auschwitz 1 essentially remains how it was at the time, Birkenau was mostly destroyed, as the fleeing Nazis tried to blow up and burn the evidence as they retreated.Towards the end of the war the crematoriums could not keep up with the burning of bodies and there are places in the nearby woods where huge bonfires of human corpses were burnt. Around your feet on the ground you can see bone fragments in the soil. In Birkenau alone around 2 million people of 27 nationalities were murdered. So sad it is to see the accommodation huts with 3 tiered bunks in which 12 people would sleep in each tier. Hundreds of people in a space of a small Australian house and an open latrine running down the centre. It was a miracle any people survived. It was a very sobering experience not to be missed.
Footnote: Auschwitz Birkenau German Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp (1940-1945) is UNESCO World Heritage listed.