We had a fantastic guide. It is beautifully laid out. There is a "pathway of remembrance" (my words) with a memorial and big plaques stating the crimes perpetrated in just about every language you could think of.
It left us all silent - even my lively grandchildren. We saw a group of Orthodox Jews coming out of the building with the few remaining ovens in it. They were in tears. My thought was where were their wives? Women suffered there and as a result of what happened there too. But that is my heart speaking. To me the wall against which prisoners were shot was the most personally touching for family reasons. Flowers had been left there. It is the only place that one is allowed to leave live flowers.
It was not my first visit. A great deal has been done since I was last there.
It was very atmospheric as Poland, like us, is having a late spring and there was 6" deep snow.
The biggest quandary is what sort of mind, morality, lack of humanity could think up the tortures, the methods, the cruelty, the premeditated monstrosity that went on there.
The surprise was that their food rations were greater and more nutritious than the Russians gave our Sybirak families. A lot of the punishments were similar in both regimes. I think that if you have some family who have suffered in Russian camps and some in German camps, you can't help wondering which was the worse. In their different and yet similar ways they were both hell on earth.
As you can see, a deep emotional experience even second time around.
On 17 Apr 2013, at 15:53, Carol Hornby Clements wrote:
> What did you think of Auschwitz? It is many years now since I was there.
> The holocaust has their death camps but what have we got? I am happy to have found the group. I know far more now than what my mother told me. In some ways it is far more horrific?
> Carol UK
> Carol C H C
> Sent from my iPad
> On 14 Apr 2013, at 16:30, Barbara Milligan <mailto:bwbm5%40btinternet.com> wrote:
>> having just returned from Kraków and Auschwitz.
>> Basia (UK)