Posted by: lifeonislandtime | August 7, 2012

Krakow ghetto and Auschwitz

Krakow ghetto and Auschwitz

 

It takes going to one of the holocaust sites to entirely appreciate the scope if,it all. Looking at it from America and from books you can understand what happened, and appreciate the horrors of it, but it is purely academic. Actually seeing the hundreds of thousands of shoes, or the bales of human hair makes it far less academic. Walking the path over a million people walked to their deaths in the gas chambers was unspeakable. What I can’t fathom is how many people live within sight of Auschwitz-Birkeneau. They are living on land farmed by slave labor, and saw many hundred deaths in those same fields. I wouldn’t be able to work at a place like Auschwitz, but can see how people can work there in the name of educating people to the horrors. 

 

The Jewish Ghetto, unlike around Auschwitz, is nearly deserted. The wall was torn down shortly after the war, but the area is run-down, scary, and definitely sketchy. Our tour guide told us that only the very old and the very poor live in the former ghetto, otherwise, the people with no other choices. The majority of the apartments are empty, and the buildings are going to ruin. It also felt creepy, much like the death camps. 

 

I can’t blame anyone for not living there.

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  1. Thank you for sharing that, Jenn. I think most people should visit these one day, just to put in perspective what certain viewpoints stand for.


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