I visited the museum at Oswiecim in January 1980 and it had a
profound effect on me - I could almost feel the ghosts. Mind you, I
was not quite 18 at the time and had not had exposure to anything
like it (despite living in a country that had its own gruesome
history). I had a basic knowledge of what had taken place in
Oswiecim, but seeing some of the documents and personal effects made
it all very real and immediate. I am not interested in visiting any
other such sites but am very glad I saw Oswiecim when I did - as my
cousin said at the time "It's not a place you visit for pleasure but
everyone should see it once in their lifetime".
--- In Kresy-Siberia@yahoogroups.com
, "Lech K. Lesiak"
> I was at the main camp at Oswiecim in 1985. Can't say I had much
> emotional reaction. Mostly because I knew so much about the place
> held no surprises for me. It was interesting seeing it at first
> I certainly didn't learn anything new.