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Auschwitz-Birkenau, then and now


Coleslaw e2
9 13.4k 28 Wales
27 Feb 2012 10:50AM

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GlennH 9 1.9k 1 France
27 Feb 2012 11:38AM
Thanks for the link - fascinating, moving, shocking, all at once.
mikehit e2
5 7.1k 11 United Kingdom
27 Feb 2012 11:41AM
Thast is a really powerful set of photographs. It humanises a monument many wish was not there (and not needed).
scartlane 3 68 United Kingdom
27 Feb 2012 12:06PM
Thanks for the link,
Really interesting place!
I know its morbid and alot of shocking stuff happened there, but im really looking forward to visiting there later this year.
Its such a massive part of history and to experience the place will be an honour
Coleslaw e2
9 13.4k 28 Wales
27 Feb 2012 12:15PM
It is a really sad place, Adam.
However I sincerely think you do need to be there if you go to Krakow, simply because it reminds us of the past, however much painful it is.
YoBellzaa e2
7 224 England
27 Feb 2012 1:29PM
I went to Prague last week and visited Terezin while I was there. I didn't realise just how bad things were and it was certainly an emotional experience.
NEWDIGIT 3 401 United Kingdom
27 Feb 2012 1:42PM
I served in the army in BAOR in the early 60's our commanding officer somehow arranged passes for us to visit.
God what an awe inspiring place
There we were, supposedly big hard squaddies, and everyone of us choked up and wet eyed.
If only we could learn from the mistakes of others, sadly history tells a different story
NEWDIGIT 3 401 United Kingdom
27 Feb 2012 1:51PM
"I didn't realise just how bad things were."
Daniel what sort of an education did you have obviously one of your subjects was not modern history.

This is the very reason that these places MUST BE SEEN by todays and future generations so that the world does not forget.
Yet despite all the evidence there are still those that say the HOLOCAUST did not happen
mikehit e2
5 7.1k 11 United Kingdom
27 Feb 2012 2:59PM
Ikky - there is a world of diffference between reading something in a textbook and actually seeing things with your own eyes. As I mentioned above the photos drive home the point in a different way than seeing historic clips in isolation and casts of the modern site in isolation. People react to different stimuli.
cats_123 e2
10 4.2k 25 Northern Ireland
27 Feb 2012 3:31PM
thanks for the link. I visited Auschwitz/Birkenau when we went to Cracow...it left an indelible mark
Zatoichi 5 707 United Kingdom
27 Feb 2012 4:23PM

Quote:This is the very reason that these places MUST BE SEEN by todays and future generations so that the world does not forget.


Yes, its just a shame some people haven't learned from it.


Quote:Yet despite all the evidence there are still those that say the HOLOCAUST did not happen


You have to allow the people the liberty to become idiots. Thankfully most aren't.
KevSB 10 1.5k 5 United Kingdom
27 Feb 2012 4:50PM
Ive Been to Belson Belson but find it more detached than this, you see mounds with plaques on saying 2 thousand people buried here,, not quite the same as touching history Itself, Not as emotional as those image here are some pictures taken after D-Day of Normandy now and then, The bit that struck me was that the building was repaired, you would imagine in this day a council worker saying Uneconomical to repair and knocking them down, yet here is proof that they some are still standing.

Normandy
Nick_w e2
7 4.1k 99 England
27 Feb 2012 6:12PM
To think this happened just one generation ago, and still in the living memory of many.

I'm visiting Munich shortly and and hope to visit Dachau if time allows.
Lynx08 e2
6 1.2k England
27 Feb 2012 7:10PM
Any of these sites are such emotional places to visit. I went to the American cemetery in Normanday a few years ago and although we've all seen it on TV with the rows of white crosses it does not prepare you for how powerful a place it is. It is so well tended and serenely quiet. More teenagers should be made visit these places to learn what happens when things get out of hand.
cantona43 9 915 4 England
27 Feb 2012 7:15PM
I too was in the forces and had a visit here in the 70's what a spine chilling experience it was a dayI will never forget

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