Auschwitz

Trip Start Jan 28, 2008
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Trip End May 29, 2008


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Thursday, March 20, 2008

We went to the grounds of Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II today. This is something every one should see. It's about an hour and a half outside of Krakow, and really the only reason we went to Poland. It's free admission, which is very rare in Europe, but seems appropriate. Honestly, as I first read the statements made by Hitler and observed the pictures in the first building, anger is the only thing I could feel. It's absolutely disgusting. The anger was soon overridden by just an upset stomach. Some of the pictures and stories in the displays really got to me, especially the ones involving children. Everyone was silent for a lot of the day. I didn't take a lot of pictures, because it kind of felt weird to. I do, however, have some pictures of the inside and a few of the outside. I think the closest we got to happy on this day was when I flagged a cab and saved us a two mile walk in the snowstorm for 2 bucks a piece.

It started really snowing on us, but that was kind of appropriate really. We finished the day walking through the showers, where the Nazis would trick the prisoners into thinking they were going to take a shower, then would proceed to gas them, and immediately cremate their bodies. Over 1 million people were exterminated in Auschwitz, making it the largest of the Nazi camps. I'll never forget this day. Hitler is quoted within the grounds reassuring the German people that the exterminations taking place are part of God's will for the germans. God being used as an alibi for hostility. Go figure.

That night was our last night in Krakow, and my cab driver on the first day told me to make sure I had perogi, which is kind of a Polish ravioli. So, we found a local place and everyone had some. It was pretty good, but if you go, make sure you get the fried, and try and get it with a sauce on it (I had garlic). I think we all agreed the fried was better than boiled. After that, we went and hung out at a pub, then made the long walk to the hostel in the FREEZING weather. Lauren and I are headed to Paris tomorrow, and everyone else is staying in Krakow for one more day.
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