A visit to the Auschwitz Birkenau concentration camp.
It is difficult to say this is a recommendation from us to you, and that you will enjoy your visit. You might not. But it is difficult to truly enjoy a place that was purely built to kill, to punish, and mistreat people, just because of their religion, their belonging to a certain group, or because of the sexual preferences. Or just because.
And this is exactly what happened there. Meanwhile, the Birkenau part is very peaceful, in Auschwitz itself one can feel tightness, fear, and death waiting just around the corner. It is not the locations themselves, like the gas chamber. It is the atmosphere. It is the way you walk. It is the wall you see. It is as if you are a witness of the shots that were executed randomly, behind that wall, just to frighten, just to show power. Or for fun? Who knows that.
One can hardly imagine the number of people letting their life at the concentration camp, especially in the gas chamber. Only if you see the hair kept from the people, you get an idea and this is the toughest part. Knowing, it was not even all of them. Knowing, that clothes were made from the hair, and the hair found was only the leftover, after the de-installation of Auschwitz.
So do we recommend to visit there? Yes, we do. Not because of history, not because of showing off or making you feel weird. Only because one might start to realize one big truth, that might have been in the head, but never believed as to be completely likely: it can happen again.
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