Sunday, September 16, 2007

Somber Day

Today we visited the Auschwitz and Birkenau Concentration Camps and there are really no words to express what we saw and felt. It was ever so sad and the images I am sharing are just a few of the things we saw. They speak for themselves.

The reason for a visit to a place like this

"Remember this place is not just a museum. It's a place where millions of people died and their ashes are still here." (paraphrased from Thomas, our tour guide)

The receiving platform where trains arrived

Men's camp at Birkenau

Women's camp

30 strands of electrified barb wire surrounded the camp at Birkenau

Main gate at Auschwitz
(you see this in the movie, Schindler's List)

Watch tower

Doors to one of the blocks

Crematorium chimney

The memorial site

In remembrance


  1. We visited Dachau several years ago and it was incredibly sobering. I felt like I was walking on top of people's graves and I felt the need to whisper. What a sad time in history.

  2. It just makes me sick to think about what happened there. I remember going to Dachau as well and it was so incredibly sad. It was such a horrible time. I can't imagine what it would have been like to be one of those people or a family member. My heart just breaks for those people.

  3. That makes my skin crawl just looking at the pictures. It is so important that we remember......!!!
    Reminds us of just how evil we are without the cleansing blood of Jesus.

  4. As you said, there really are no words for the horror that took place here.
    The pictures alone made me feel so sad. I can only imagine what it would feel like in person..

  5. Amazing... There are no words.

  6. I can't imagine what it would be like to visit a place like this. So much history, but so tragic at the same time.