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Helen Betts | profile | all galleries >> Kraków: The Jewel of Central Europe >> Auschwitz-Birkenau: A Brief Glimpse tree view | thumbnails | slideshow

Auschwitz-Birkenau: A Brief Glimpse

We visited the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp/death camp complex while we were in Kraków, but I really didn't take too many pictures. I felt it was a place more for contemplation than photography, although some people have posted some excellent and moving galleries of it. I also think part of it was because we had to go on a three-hour tour with 30-40 people in very high temperatures, and we didn't much care for the tour guide, plus the huge crowds going through these places where such tragedy had occurred were a distraction. I really got tired of hearing "Stay to the left!" when we were passing through some very sobering displays. It's a huge operation, with thousands of visitors a day, but it didn't seem like people were as serious as one would expect. In any case, it was well worth the visit, although I would have preferred to walk around on my own, and I was pleased to see that so very many people do go there to witness what happened during World War II.
Auschwitz 1, ever-present
Auschwitz 1, ever-present
Auschwitz 1, 'Arbeit macht frei'
Auschwitz 1, 'Arbeit macht frei'
Auschwitz 1, 'Wall of Death'
Auschwitz 1, 'Wall of Death'
Auschwitz 1, prisoners bloc
Auschwitz 1, prisoners bloc
Auschwitz 1, ever watchful
Auschwitz 1, ever watchful
Auschwitz 1, electrified
Auschwitz 1, electrified
Auschwitz 1, crematorium smokestack
Auschwitz 1, crematorium smokestack
Auschwitz 1, crematorium
Auschwitz 1, crematorium
Auschwitz 1, kitchen
Auschwitz 1, kitchen
Auschwitz 1
Auschwitz 1
Birkenau death camp
Birkenau death camp
Birkenau, prisoner transport
Birkenau, prisoner transport
Birkenau, evidence destroyed
Birkenau, evidence destroyed
Birkenau, deceptive
Birkenau, deceptive
Birkenau, the end of the line
Birkenau, the end of the line
Birkenau death camp
Birkenau death camp